Friedrich Engels

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Friedrich Engels (28 November 1820 – 5 August 1895) was a German philosopher and organizer of the working class, and a friend and beneficiary of Karl Marx. He co-wrote the Manifesto of the Communist Party with Marx in 1848, and also wrote The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State in 1884.

Influence on Marx[edit]

Marx knew little to nothing about economics before his work with Engels, who in turn knew little about philosophy. In a letter to Franz Mehring in 1892, Engels wrote: "Marx was then a Hegelian [...]. He knew nothing whatever about political economy and could not have had any idea about the meaning of a term like ‘economic form’."[1] Their encounter inspired Marx to study economics and combining them with his philosophy.

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