Monday, September 2, 2019

Marx's Disdain for Philosophy

Marx had a disdain for philosophy. He believed that when the socialist revolution was successful, the rule of philosophy would come to an end. In The Holy Family, written by Marx and Engels in 1845, Hegel is called a “master wizard” and his metaphysics is described as a “drunken speculation.” In the middle of the nineteenth century, Marx was becoming disenchanted with Feuerbach, whom he had earlier eulogized as a great materialist. Feuerbach was himself anti-philosophy. Feuerbach has said, “My philosophy is no philosophy.” But for Marx, Feuerbach’s rejection of philosophy did not go far enough. He rejected Feuerbach as a man who never learned to see “without the eyes — which is to say the eye-glasses — of the philosopher.”

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