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Lecture notes- Marx ( The german ideology)

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Irving Zeitlin

“The German Ideology” Karl Marx Methodological Foundations - Thought and being are indeed distinct, but they also form a unity. - The existing relations of production between individuals must necessarily express themselves as political and legal relations. - The ideas of the ruling class are, in every age, the ruling ideas: i.e. the class which is the dominant material force in society is at the same time its dominant intellectual force. - The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production, so that in consequence the ideas of those who lack the means of mental production are, in general, subject to it. - The dominant ideas are ideal expression of the dominant material relationships. - The individuals composing the ruling class possess among other things consciousness, and therefore think. - Rule also as thinkers, as producers of ideas, and regulate the production and distribution of the ideas of their age. ---> consequently, their ideas are the ruling ideas of the age. - The division of labour, manifests itself also in the ruling class, as t
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