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ArticleThe Philological Significance of the Publication of Volume Ⅰ, Section 5 of Marx’ and Engels’ Collected Works (MEGA² 1.5) for Research in South Korea

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The Philological Significance of the Publication of Volume Ⅰ, Section 5 of Marx’ and Engels’ Collected Works (MEGA² 1.5) for Research in South Korea

Hoi Jin Lee

In 2017, the new edition of Volume Ⅰ, Section 5 of Marx’ and Engels’
Collected Works (MEGA² 1.5) was finally published. With its publication, it
seemed like the most controversial aspects of authorship of manuscripts and
certain text passages, the reproduction of the originally intended array of
manuscripts, and the original intentions of publication had come to a
conclusion. According to MEGA² Editorial Guidelines of 1993, Marx’ and
Engels’ original manuscripts of “The German Ideology” in Volume I, Section 5
are to be seen as a compilation intended to be published piece by piece in a
quarterly journal, rather than as a monograph.
Even though the editors of MEGA² 1.5 reconstructed the collection of
manuscripts faithfully in accordance with philological and historical evidence,
to some extent we can assume limitations of authenticity. Since the editors had
to decide on the chronological order of appearance and authorship of certain
manuscripts based on guesswork, an alternative textual organization could be
possible. For that reason, the creatorship of certain ideas or philosophical
terminology is not always traceable, and the manipulation of text fragments by
contemporary authors within the circle of Marx’ and Engels’ colleagues
remains possible.
The present paper summarizes the main points of the ongoing philological
debate about MEGA² 1.5 and surveys the philological history of the
development of “The German Ideology”, showing its significance for research
in South Korea.

Keywords: MEGA2 I-5, German ideology, the meaning of philological debate,
text arrangement

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