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 ...
The manuscript of the Critique (from which the first four pages have been lost)
contains a study of much of the third section ('The State') of the third part ('Ethical
Life') of Hegel's The Philosophy of Right. The paragraphs analysed are those ...
As Marx states in his résumé of Hegel's argument for monarchy, the result is 'that
an empirical person is uncritically enthroned as the real truth of the Idea. For as
Hegel's task is not to discover the truth of empirical existence but to discover the ...
yet the condition is posited as the conditioned, the determinator as the
determined, the producer as the product.44 We return here to Marx's main
methodological critique of Hegel. But what is truly original in the second part of
the Critique is that ...
In it Marx criticizes Hegel in two ways. Firstly, he criticizes the philosophical form
of Hegel's work. He describes how Hegel inverts the real situation by deriving
empirical institutions (the state, the family etc.) from the Idea. This method infuses
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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