Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844

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Courier Corporation, Mar 2, 2012 - Philosophy - 208 pages
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Written in 1844 as a series of notes, Marx's posthumously published critiques on the conditions of modern industrialist societies forms the foundation of the author's denunciation of capitalism. Combining elements of psychology, sociology, and anthropology, it is a profound examination of the human condition rooted in a philosophy of economics.
In this concise treatise, Marx presents an indictment of capitalism and its threat to the working man, his sense of self, and his ultimate potential. With a focus on "Marxist Humanism," he describes the alienation of laborers in a capitalist system: since the results of their work belong to someone else, they are estranged from their own labor and can never function as freely productive beings. Through a powerful mixture of history and economics, Marx explores the degenerative effect of capitalism on the proletariat and his true human nature.
Regarded as one of his most important books, Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 is a first glimpse at Marx's fascinating transition from philosophy to economics. Accessible and influential, it is an important predecessor to the Communist Manifesto and essential to an understanding of Marxist theory.
  

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Great insights about the features of modern capitalism - Goodreads
Illuminating, unshakeable prose. - Goodreads
Marx is nothing if not an amazing writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Allen Dark - Goodreads

Martin Milligan's translation is good, but if I had time I would like to read other translations of Marx. As you will see when you read this book, Karl Marx was excellent at analysis of economic ... Read full review

Review: Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844/The Communist Manifesto

User Review  - Kristen - Goodreads

As with all things, it is important to read the original work and not listen to the heresay. The communism that is implemented in reality, current society, isn't the philosophical design intended by ... Read full review

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Karl Heinrich Marx, one of the fathers of communism, was born on May 5, 1818 in Trier, Germany. He was educated at a variety of German colleges, including the University of Jena. He was an editor of socialist periodicals and a key figure in the Working Man's Association. Marx co-wrote his best-known work, "The Communist Manifesto" (1848), with his friend, Friedrich Engels. Marx's most important work, however, may be "Das Kapital" (1867), an analysis of the economics of capitalism. He died on March 14, 1883 in London, England.

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