SOC 302 Marx Questions #2 - Grace Battista Marx Questions 9/27 SOC 302 1 To Marx historical materialism is the focus on material goods and modes of

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Grace Battista Marx Questions 9/27 SOC 302 1. To Marx, historical materialism is the focus on material goods and modes of pro- duction as the real driving force of history. This is in contrast to historical idealism (the stance taken by those silly Germans) which thinks that history started with thoughts and ideas, like religion or politics. Historical materialism sees history as starting when man started, because he needed material things to live, and went about getting those things in a certain way. The different modes of material production created different “intercourses” among humans and between humans and nature at different times in history. Basically, he says that all other histories have to grow out of material history because it is how man is able to survive. 2. While I never got an explicit “Historical materialism is...” I started to see the intro- duction of this idea on page 156 when Marx writes, “ The first historical act is thus the
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Unformatted text preview: production of the means to satisfy these needs, the production of material life itself.” The explanation following this on pages 156-157 where he furthers his interpretation by saying that the material connection existing between men may hold them together more strongly that religion or politics. There’s more explanation and definition on page 164-165 starting with “ This conception of history. ..” He also uses materialism when talking about division of labor on page 157-158 because social relations be-tween men and the need for material things and the increase of this need led to the division of labor. Civil society is shown to be the “intercourse” arising out of historical materialism on page 163. Examples of historical materialism are shown on page 172 when he talks about hypothetical bread deprivation and the actual lack of sugar and coffee....
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