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6. Hegel Redivivus

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Recognising that Marx's investigation in the thematic sphere was very much devoted to the search for a law of history-derived less from Hegel than from a whole tradition of thought caught in Western thinking dominant trajectory-this chapter identifies what motives might have prevented Marx from a focus on Latin America beginning from a reasoning similar to that which allowed him to achieve a stunning degree of 'modernity' in his consideration of national situations, as compared to his contemporaries. It begins with a more specific elucidation of the problem, accepting a commonplace idea that Marx was unaware of our continent's reality because he did not 'see' the concrete historical process of the constitution of the Latin-American nations, and thus was ever more given to recognise in Ireland, China, India, Spain, Russia and even Turkey what he did not seem disposed to recognise in countries like Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, for example.

Keywords: Hegel; Latin America; Marx



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