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    I'm new to this message board, but I've been interested in Karl Marx for some time, and especially interested in the dispute between Marx and Hegel over the driving force behind history. Both Marx and Hegel present such convincing accounts of history that I sometimes think there must be some grand-unified theory of historical development which combines the two into a unified, dialectical idealism-materialism. In any case, as I am preparing to enter graduate school, this is one of the areas of research I would like to focus on and I've been looking for all of the secondary literature on Hegel's and Marx's theories of history that I can find. And I've come to this message board with a very specific request. About a year ago, I was looking for books on this topic on Amazon and I came across a book written by a Marxist who attempts to provide an explanation for the existence of the major world religions in terms of dialectical materialism. At the time, I thought the book sounded interesting but then moved off onto other things. However, now that I've become much more interested in this topic, I would like to find it again. But unfortunately, I cannot remember either the title of the book or its author. I am wondering therefore if anyone else here knows anything about a book like this. I believe that the book was published relatively recently (circa the last five years) and remember it having a purple or blue cover, and I believe that one of the religions discussed in it specifically is the religion of ancient Egypt. If anyone could come back to me with any information on this book, I would be eternally grateful.

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    sounds like More Than Belief: A Materialist Theory of Religion by Manuel A. Vasquez

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    Thank you for your response willowtooth. This isn't the book I was looking for but I appreciate the help. After long hours of searching through Google books, I've managed to finally find the book I was interested in. Its called "Behind the Myths" and its by an author named John Pickard. You and the others here might want to check it out.

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    Marx didn't use the term 'dialectical materialism' but you might also be interested in these two pamphlets;
    http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/p...al-materialism
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    http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/p...m-and-religion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lupus View Post
    I'm new to this message board, but I've been interested in Karl Marx for some time, and especially interested in the dispute between Marx and Hegel over the driving force behind history. Both Marx and Hegel present such convincing accounts of history that I sometimes think there must be some grand-unified theory of historical development which combines the two into a unified, dialectical idealism-materialism. In any case, as I am preparing to enter graduate school, this is one of the areas of research I would like to focus on and I've been looking for all of the secondary literature on Hegel's and Marx's theories of history that I can find. And I've come to this message board with a very specific request. About a year ago, I was looking for books on this topic on Amazon and I came across a book written by a Marxist who attempts to provide an explanation for the existence of the major world religions in terms of dialectical materialism. At the time, I thought the book sounded interesting but then moved off onto other things. However, now that I've become much more interested in this topic, I would like to find it again. But unfortunately, I cannot remember either the title of the book or its author. I am wondering therefore if anyone else here knows anything about a book like this. I believe that the book was published relatively recently (circa the last five years) and remember it having a purple or blue cover, and I believe that one of the religions discussed in it specifically is the religion of ancient Egypt. If anyone could come back to me with any information on this book, I would be eternally grateful.
    https://www.marxists.org/reference/a...works/essence/

    https://www.marxists.org/reference/a...orks/lectures/

    You can find the books on Google. Feuerbach was Marx's elder by a few years, studied under Hegel and influenced Marx greatly (hence the Theses on Feuerbach). He considered himself a "communist" and a materialist Hegelian but did not articulate a theoretical basis for such a system the way Marx and Engels did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lupus View Post

    [I] sometimes think there must be some grand-unified theory of historical development

    You're welcome:


    [12] G.U.T.S.U.C.




    [2] G.U.T.S.U.C., Simplified






    And, more to the point:


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