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Reappraising Political TheoryRevisionist Studies in the History of Political Thought$
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Terence Ball

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198279952

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198279957.001.0001

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Marx and Darwin: A Reconsideration

Marx and Darwin: A Reconsideration

(p.229) 10 Marx and Darwin: A Reconsideration
Reappraising Political Theory

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Many commentators have claimed that Marx's materialist conception of history owes something to Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection. Why else, they ask, would Marx have offered to dedicate a volume of Capital to Darwin? I argue, to the contrary, that Marx never made such an offer and that it would have been surprising if he had done so. Claims about a connection, methodological or otherwise, between Marx and Darwin are chimerical.

Keywords:   Edward Aveling, Charles Darwin, Darwinism, evolution, Lewis Feuer, Karl Marx, history, materialism, methodology, natural selection

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