The Part Played by Labor in the Transition From Ape to Man – Engels (1876)

‘we shape our tools – and, afterwards, our tools shape us’

certainly not the most reliable guide to evolution, but very interesting

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The Part Played by Labor in the Transition From Ape to Man

Works of Frederick Engels 1876

monkey playing

The Part played by Labour in the Transition from Ape to Man


Written: in May-June 1876;
First published: in Die Neue Zeit 1895-06;
Translated: from the German by Clemens Dutt;
First published in English: by Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1934;
Transcribed: by director@marx.org, Jan 1996.


This article was intended to introduce a larger work which Engels planned to call Die drei Grundformen der Knechtschaft – Outline of the General Plan. Engels never finished it, nor even this intro, which breaks off at the end. It would be included in Dialectics of Nature.

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The Part Played by Labor in the Transition From Ape to Man