Historical Materialism

Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given and transmitted from the past.

How did the secondary source (Fischer) relate/help/hinder/clarify your understanding of the primary source (Engels)?

How does the idea of historical materialism relate to the dialectic?

What is the ‘material’ in Historical Materialism?

What role does economics play?

How do you feel about the idea of Historical Materialism?

How does consciousness relate to social being or social being to consciousness?

How does historical materialism differ from economic determinism?

In a word or two, what different elements contribute to today’s superstructure?


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