Hegel (1770-1831) and Ludwig Feuerbach (1804 -1872) are two theorists who affected Marx very strongly.
The concept of Historical Materialism: In his 'Introduction to Theses On Feuerbach' (1845), Marx commences his own distinctive posit on Materialism, based on Feuerbach's critique of Hegel's 'Theory of the Right' (1821).His view of history is very different from the others. Marx, states that "it is not the consciousness of men that determines their being, but, on the contrary, their social being that determines their consciousness (Marx and Engels, 1859: pp 503-504). According to Hegel (1821), God created everything from Him, thus 'God' was the 'Absolute Idea'. ...Show more