Towards a reconstruction of historical materialism

  title={Towards a reconstruction of historical materialism},
  author={J{\"u}rgen Habermas},
  journal={Theory and Society},
In the present paper I will analyze the merits and limitations of historical materialism to the extent that it can be considered a theoretical explanation of social evolution. I would like to begin by introducing and critically scrutinizing the fundamental concepts and main hypotheses of historical materialism. Moreover, after indicating some of the problems, I shall also propose and illustrate a possible solution. First, I will deal with the concepts of "social labor" and "history of the… 

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