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Less than a decade after Karl Marx completed his philosophical work The German Ideology Part I Charles Darwin was finally persuaded to publish his biological masterpiece The Origin of Species Could these two works be bound intrinsically through Marxs moral account of history Is it possible that such politically charged material influenced a scientific thesis being written halfway around the world Absolutely When one takes a close look at the moral underpinnings of Darwins breakthrough discovery of evolution it is easy to see Marxist inspiration Marx attempts in The German Ideology Part I to refocus German perception of history or at least point out its flaws He contends that unlike the British and French who he thinks have at least some glimpse of his truth the Germans naively refuse to accept materialism as the driving force of their history Marx writes that what he calls historical materialism is the proper way to analyze the course of human history What he sees as German idealismintellectual separation from such materialistic groundinghe condemns for failing to grasp the underlying power of forces of production and peoples relation to those forces of production as the determining might of the structure of society He goes on to describe the idealist tradition in the study of human history the problem Marx sees consists of idealist notions coming to be estranged from the empirical realistic conditions of history and treated as the a priori determining forces of social structure Again this problem seems to Marx to be particularly acute in Germany Marx does offer a solution however He argues that Germans should view history from a materialist perspective to understand that all notable conflicts that have led to social change can be interpreted as ensuing from the inconsistency with which forces of production are structured in any society and the social relationships people in that society have due to those forces of production Marx continues to explain that private property stands for
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