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2 Marx Yesterday: A Genealogy of Misconceptions

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This chapter examines the fate of Marxian theory from the point of view of the history of theory, taking as its time frame the century after the death of Engels in 1895 and the years up to the watershed of 1989. The first section examines how Marx was received within the first Marxist mass party, German Social Democracy and its various currents. The second section examines another crucial aspect of the history of Marx's history, namely Marxian theory's transfiguration into Marxism-Leninism. The third section looks directly at how Marx was engaged with economic theory. The fourth section analyzes how neoclassical economics' desociologisation of economic theory was paralleled by a de-economisation of sociology. The fifth section discusses philosophical backdrop to this tendency, that of conclusions about social reality being drawn from the history of theories. The last section discusses critical theory or the dissolution of critique in religion.

Keywords: critical theory; economic theory; Marx; religion; sociology



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