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Socialism: Utopian and Scientific

Friedrich Engels

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The main idea of "Socialism: Utopian and Scientific" was distinguishing scientific socialism and utopian socialism. Engels begins by chronicling the thought of utopian socialists, starting with Saint-Simon. He then proceeds to Fourier and Robert Owen. In chapter two, he summarizes dialectics, and then chronicles the thought from the ancient Greeks to Hegel. Chapter three summarizes dialectics in relation to economic and social struggles, essentially echoing the words of Marx.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .But one after another these ungraspable things have been grasped, analyzed, and, what is more, reproduced by the giant progress of science; and what we can produce, we certainly cannot consider as unknowable. To the chemistry of the first half of this century organic substances were such mysterious objects; now, we learn to build them up one after another from their chemical elements without the aid of organic processes. Modern chemists declare that as soon as the chemical constitution of no matter what body is known, it can be built up from its elements. We are still far from knowing the [22]constitution of the highest organic substances, the albuminous bodies; but there is no reason why we should not, if only after centuries, arrive at that knowledge and, armed with it, produce artificial albumen. But if we arrive at that, we shall at the same time have produced organic life, for life, from its lowest to its highest forms, is but the normal mode of existence of albumino. . . Read More

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In my opinion, this is a better introduction to Marxism than the Communist Manifesto. The first chapter focuses on utopian socialist who tried to make reforms but ran up against roadblocks of the bourgeoisie, and since it was based on an unscientific view, it lead to a "mish-mash of critical stateme

Much like The German Ideology and The Communist Manifesto, Socialism: Utopian and Scientific is among the essentials for understanding Marxism and the dialectical materialist approach to socialism. Frederick Engels, himself a rather undervalued influence on Karl Marx, is clear and concise in this bo

Interesting. I read somewhere that Engels was actually the better writer of the Marx/Engels team. Does that make Engels the Garfunkel, or Simon? I don't know. But this was fun to read and interesting. So much passion.

Reading this today, with some sense of the internal contradictions that Soviet positivism unleashed (following Ilyenkov), it is easy to be critical with Engels, for many. Lukacs is admittedly too critical, for while Engels is in practice a bit reductionistic and schematic (his analogy between the sc

Socialism: Utopian and Scientific is one of the most important works for understanding Marxism. In this work Engels establishes what scientific socialism really is in three main parts.

He explains the role of utopian socialism and in particular specifies that utopian socialism was only an emotional a

The most accessible and riveting of the original Marxist works I’ve read so far…

The Brilliant:
--“Marxism” just points to “go read Marx”; “scientific socialism” is more descriptive. Unpacking its key insights in “historical materialism” and “surplus value” provided invaluable context, particularly:

you should read this.
everyone should read this.
dialectics for the cool kids.
historical materialism for the pals.

I've not read a more concrete explanation of D & HM particularly, but the whole piece is a wonderful exploration of where the lads were at the end of the 19th century and to a lesser e

أسلوب إنجلس سلس جدًا وواضح ومتسلسل بطريقة منطقية، الكتاب سهل جدًا إذا كان عندك معلومات عامة سطحية عن الفلسفة والماركسية
يبدو أنه أن تقرأ عن الماركسية شيء وأن تقرأ للماركسيين شيء آخر
ويبدو أيضًا أن الاتحاد السوفيتي لم يكن ماركسيًا

على الرغم من المقدمة الطويلة (ثلث الكتاب)من غير داع! الا أن هذا الكتاب يعد مرجعاهاما يشرح رؤية انجلز خاصة و الماركسية عموما تجاه نوع الاشتراكية التي تنظر لها،فالاشتراكية التي هي المرحلة السابقة للشيوعية حسب انجلز لا يمكن التوصل اليها الا عبر التطور المادي للتاريخ المتمثل بهبوط الرأسمالية بعد ارتقاء

Don't start learning about socialism by reading the Communist Manifesto, start with this. It's a small piece, covering the utopian socialist movements, the development of Hegelian dialectics, and historical materialism. The first part is a description of the utopian socialist movements, what motivat

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