‘we shape our tools – and, afterwards, our tools shape us’
certainly not the most reliable guide to evolution, but very interesting
Works of Frederick Engels 1876
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.