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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The writings contained in this volume were produced by Marx during the two
years 1843–4, when he was little more than twentyfive years old. Some were
published at once: The Jewish Question, for example, and the Contribution to the
Karl Marx. Engels. 'For the dissemination of Marxism as a special method and a
special system', he continues, 'no book except Capital itself has done as much as
Anti-Dühring. All the young Marxists who entered the public arena in the early ...
Among Marxists, interest in the Critique, The Jewish Question, the Manuscripts,
etc., has remained the preserve of a few specialist students of the 'prehistory' of
Marx's thought. The old theoretical edifice of 'dialectical materialism' has lost
There is no space to pursue this theme further here. Perhaps the most suggestive
applications of this critical method are to be found in Marx's Theories of Surplus
Value (the section on economic crises in Part II, and the section on James Mill in
The prominence accorded the Critique so far should not be allowed to lead to the
conclusion that it occupies a pre-eminent or specially privileged place in Marx's
work as a whole (or even among his early writings). On the contrary, the ...
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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