Marx and Darwin: A Reconsideration

Terence Ball

in Reappraising Political Theory

Published in print November 1994 | ISBN: 9780198279952
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598753 | DOI:
 Marx and Darwin: A Reconsideration

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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

Chapter.  7529 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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