Marx’s Critique of History
Karl Marx never devoted an entire work, or even an extended portion of a work, to explaining his philosophy of science or exactly how history could be studied scientifically. In order to grasp the nature of Marx’s method one has to extract his thoughts on the matter from his various works and piece them together, drawing further on his practice of this science to form a coherent picture [20, p. 106]. This piecing together is the project of this chapter. I will not be concerned to explain in detail the results of Marx’s observations, but rather the approach he takes to his study.