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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Feuerbach for Neue Zeit, vividly evoking these youthful years and their
atmosphere of Sturm undDrang. However, it was precisely during those years
that Engels and Marx had followed quite different intellectual paths. Only the
more historical ...
It is necessary, next, to say something about Feuerbach's influence on the
Critique. That he did have some influence on it is undeniable. The phrase Marx
employs where he defines Hegel's philosophy as 'logical mysticism' must surely
Feuerbach is generally a thinker of secondary importance compared to Hegel.
Nevertheless in the 1839–43 period he touched a peak of personal achievement
(soon followed by decline) which gives him a significant place in the critique and
But in trying so hard to dissociate Marx from Feuerbach, della Volpe is probably
too severe with the latter. Marx's critique of Hegel is certainly far the more
perceptive. Nonetheless, Feuerbach too had his moments of insight. In 1841, for
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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