Historical Materialism : Marxist Materialism

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Historical materialism has been reasonably criticized, especially in the past few decades, regarding it’s impractical application to human behavior. Historical materialism proposes that history is nothing more than the creation and evolution of society through man’s own evolution of consciousness. Society is driven by the economic forces man places on it and inevitably transforms into a higher state of society until it reaches its final stage, which Marx argues is communism. Most criticism stems from this aspect of the theory and fails to examine how valid most other parts are. There is clear evidence that historical materialism gives a logical explanation for the past and that it’s ideology for the future could well be plausible. Marx’s historical materialism gives logical explanation to the history of society by evaluating the different transitions of political turnover. Marx states that there are the “Asiastic, ancient, feudal, and modern bourgeois modes of production” that “can be designated as progressive epochs in the economic formation of society” (5). In every transition, there is the evidence of a ‘lord’ and ‘bondsman’ interaction where eventually, as Hegel has theorized, the ‘bondsman’ overcomes the ‘lord’ (Hegel 117-119). This is due to the theory that “social character is the general character of the whole movement: just as society itself produces man as man, so is society produced by him” (85). Society forms the working class and in turn this class, by
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