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Gareth Stedman Jones (London): History and Nature. Marx, Engels and Darwin

January 16, 2018, 5:30pm BST - 6:30pm
German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A2NJ
United Kingdom

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Gareth Stedman Jones (London)
History and Nature: Marx, Engels and Darwin

At Marx’s funeral Engels stressed the close parallels between the work of Darwin and that of Marx. But Marx’s idea of history contradicted the Darwinian idea of nature. This lecture will distinguish between Engels’s idea of Marxism and Marx’s inheritance from the German Idealist tradition and consequently his distance from Darwin’s idea of nature.

Gareth Stedman Jones is Professor of the History of Ideas, Queen Mary University of London, Director of the Centre for History and Economics, University of Cambridge, and a Life Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. His latest work is a study of Marx in the nineteenth century, Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion (2016).

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