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Marx And The Foundations Of Activity Theory

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Marx wrote very little on philosophy, and published even less. He worked long and hard in thinking through the philosophical foundations of his practice, but anyone interested in recovering that initial philosophical work has to dig for it. "Theses on Feuerbach" is surely the founding document of Activity Theory, even though it remained unknown until after the author's death. A few words are necessary to place it in the context of Hegel critique in Germany at the time it as written. During early years, Marx also formulated his understanding of 'social formation' or 'Gestalt' in the sense we have been using the word, especially in his analysis of the 1848 Revolution and subsequent events in France. There has been a lot of Marxist social theory since 1852, but this chapter just draws attention to a few points from "The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte"..

Keywords: Activity Theory; Hegel; Marx; social formation



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