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Historical materialism: the Marxist view of history Marx’s Importance Is #27 in a recent ranking of most important people ever Highest ranked person we read all semester Highest is Muhammad Jesus is 3 rd . Newton is 2 nd . Darwin 16 th . Locke 44 th . Marxist Corollary Phase I: violent revolution of the proletariat Phase II: ??? Phase III: Utopia -Biggest failure of Marxism is failure to be specific Hegel -Complex philosopher -All the rage first half of the 19 th century in Germany -Heavily influenced Marx Theories of History 1. Random or without clear pattern 2. Circular 3. Progress without a goal 4. Progress towards a goal Hegel’s View Progress with a goal! Battles between ideas would reveal truer ideas The final goal is the liberation of humanity Eliminate all illusions through conflict and resolution of ideas Thought precedes and determines existence Finally, it’s Marx Like Hegel, history still has a progression and a goal However, it is driven by the material (economic), not by the ideas of society. Conflicts and resolution in the economic system cause change in the economic
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