Early Writings

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Penguin UK, Nov 24, 2005 - Literary Collections - 464 pages
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Written in 1833-4, when Marx was barely twenty-five, this astonishingly rich body of works formed the cornerstone for his later political philosophy. In the Critique of Hegel's Doctrine of the State, he dissects Hegel's thought and develops his own views on civil society, while his Letters reveal a furious intellect struggling to develop the egalitarian theory of state. Equally challenging are his controversial essay On the Jewish Question and the Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts, where Marx first made clear his views on alienation, the state, democracy and human nature. Brilliantly insightful, Marx's Early Writings reveal a mind on the brink of one of the most revolutionary ideas in human history - the theory of Communism.

This translation fully conveys the vigour of the original works. The introduction, by Lucio Colletti, considers the beliefs of the young Marx and explores these writings in the light of the later development of Marxism.

 

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Contents

Introduction
Critique of Hegels Doctrine of the State 2613131
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Letters from the FrancoGerman Yearbooks
viii
On the Jewish Question
viii
A Contribution to the Critique of Hegels Philosophy of Right Introduction
viii
Excerpts from James Mills Elements of Political Economy
viii
Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts
viii
SECOND MANUSCRIPT
viii
Critique of Hegels Dialectic and General Philosophy
viii
Critical Notes on the Article The King of Prussia and Social Reform By a Prussian1
viii
Appendix
viii
Glossary of Key Terms
xvii
Chronology of Marxs Life 1818 to August 1844
xxii
Note on Previous Editions of the Works of Marx and Engels
xxvii
Choronology of Works by Marx and Engels
xxix
Index
xxxv

THIRD MANUSCRIPT
viii

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Karl Marx (1818-1883). The core of Marx's economic analysis found early expression in the Ökonomisch-philosophische Manuskripte aus dem Jahre 1844 (Economic and Political Manuscripts of 1844). There, Marx argued that the conditions of modern industrial societies invariably result in the estrangement (or alienation) of workers from their own labor. In his review of a Bruno Baier book, On the Jewish Question (1844), Marx decried the lingering influence of religion over politics and proposed a revolutionary re-structuring of European society. Much later, Marx undertook a systematic explanation of his economic theories in Das Kapital (Capital) (1867-95) and Theorien über den Mehrwert (Theory of Surplus Value) (1862).

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