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Eugen Dühring in the perspective of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Günter Krause (Florapromenade 29, 13187 Berlin)

Journal of Economic Studies

ISSN: 0144-3585

Article publication date: 1 August 2002



Describes how the work of Eugen Dühring was regarded by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. It is underlined that the preoccupation of Marx and Engels with Dühring was accorded central importance in the history of Marxism. Shows the two phases of serious mutual attention between the protagonists of this relationship. The first phase dated from the year 1867/1868 when Dühring reviewed the first volume of Marx’s Capital. It is outlined that this phase has been comparatively little examined in dogma‐historical research up to now. Focuses on the second and most intensive phase of the engagement of Marx and Engels with Dühring covering the period from the middle of the 1870s to the start of the 1880s. Examines the climax represented by the Engels’ polemic Herrn Eugen Dühring‘s Revolution in Science and standing in the history of Marxism as the programmatic characteristic of the relationship of Marx and Engels to Dühring. Highlights the political‐ideological premises determining the Dühring debate.



Krause, G. (2002), "Eugen Dühring in the perspective of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels", Journal of Economic Studies, Vol. 29 No. 4/5, pp. 345-363.




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