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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #285 - Book: "Discovering Engels" (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 24 Jul 2018 10:06:47 +0300

"The purpose of this book is not to oppose Engels to Marx but to show the singularity of the first " , the first sentence of the 4 th cover of this book sums up the teaching of that book about this character of worldwide notoriety but ultimately little known and in particular by the libertarians, often seen by them at best as a simple (or even minimal) contributor of Marxism, at worst as a follower blindly follower of Marx. ---- If the introduction rightly raises that there are " Marxisms " but no " engelsism ", it is because Engels remains inseparable from Marxism and this is true in his writings. Perhaps this is Marx's most important and best contribution to the materialist conception of history and his criticism of political economy, which makes him essentially a pillar of the current of thought that bears his name. ? Neither should we deny or downplay Engels' important contribution to these two fundamental concepts of Marxism, which is partly why there is no engelsism; and besides his decisive participation in these fundamentals, one can even think that he enriches it thanks to his curiosity which pushes him to study the most varied subjects, even more than his companion: thus in these twelve selected texts we see him approaching rather traditional fields such as mechanization or philosophy, but also marriage, the withering of the state, religion or the theory of evolution.

It is to be regretted that the Engels texts presented are even shorter than their explanations, which are certainly very good. One can also raise the fact that the work sometimes requires the knowledge of certain basic Marxist concepts, whereas it is published in a collection which wants to be didactic and addressed to the novices. It is still not less fast, easy and pleasant to read.

Gabriel (AL Dijon)

Florian Gulli and Jean Quétier, Discover Engels , Social Publishing, 2017, 144 pages, 10 euros

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