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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Some were published at once: The Jewish Question, for example, and the
Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right. Introduction. Others,
like the Critique of Hegel's Doctrine of the State and the famous Economic and ...
Marx's critique of Hegel is certainly far the more perceptive. Nonetheless,
Feuerbach too had his moments of insight. In 1841, for example, he saw very well
the relationship between idealism and uncritical positivism in Hegel, when he
wrote in ...
After the critique of Hegel's dialectic, the next great subject Marx tackles is that of
the modern representative state. As we shall see, his views here are substantially
the same as those he expressed in The Jewish Question and A Contribution to ...
The question following on these observations is an obvious one: given that most
contemporary Marxism has dismissed the Critique without serious consideration,
what can be the level of its comprehension of even the first few pages of Capital ...
57 The few Marxist scholars who have bothered to study the Critique have
interpreted these statements somewhat oddly. Given that the work as a whole
contains a pronounced critique of the separation between 'political society' and '
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Letters from the FrancoGerman Yearbooks
On the Jewish Question
A Contribution to the Critique of Hegels Philosophy of Right Introduction
Excerpts from James Mills Elements of Political Economy
Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts
Critique of Hegels Dialectic and General Philosophy
Critical Notes on the Article The King of Prussia and Social Reform By a Prussian1
Glossary of Key Terms
Chronology of Marxs Life 1818 to August 1844
Note on Previous Editions of the Works of Marx and Engels
Choronology of Works by Marx and Engels