The German Ideology  

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"In direct contrast to German philosophy which descends from heaven to earth, here it is a matter of ascending from earth to heaven. [...] The phantoms formed in the brains of men are also, necessarily, sublimates of their material life-process, which is empirically verifiable and bound to material premises."--The German Ideology (1845) by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

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The German Ideology (1845) was a book written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels around April or early May 1845. Marx and Engels didn't find a publisher. However, the work was later retrieved and published for the first time in 1932 by David Riazanov through the Marx-Engels Institute in Moscow.

The multi-part book consists of many satirically written polemics against Bruno Bauer, Max Stirner's The Ego and Its Own (1844), and other Young Hegelians. Part I, however, is a work of exposition giving the appearance of being the work for which the "Theses on Feuerbach" served as an outline. The work is a restatement of the theory of history Marx was beginning to call the "materialist conception of history."

Since its first publication, Marxist scholars have found the work particularly valuable since it is perhaps the most comprehensive statement of Marx's theory of history stated at such length and detail.

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