Hegel and Marx
Diagrams and Links
Philosophy can be pretty dry if it is all words. So here are some diagrams that graphically portray the relationship between the Hegelian and Marxist view of reality. The thesis-antithesis-synthesis triad is the same in basic structure (upper pair of diagrams) except that for Marx the series has an end (in the Communist utopia) whereas for Hegel it doesnt. Also in his view of reality Hegel used dialectic to show how thought or ideas procedes in this manner, whereas Marx "turned Hegel on his head" to argue that the thesis-antithesis contradiction arises from material conditions (such as the means of production), not from ideas. This is illustrated by the two trees diagram.