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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And in any case by that time the whole first generation of Marxian interpreters
and disciples – including Kautsky, Plekhanov, Bernstein and Labriola – had
already formed their ideas. So the Marxism of the Second International was
Apart from this, the only basic authority to hand was Engels's Ludwig Feuerbach (
1888): a work in which one of the original protagonists of Marxism provided (or
seemed to provide) a most authoritative account of all that was essential, all that ...
of Engels for this generation of Marxists: Anti-Dühring (1878), The Origin of the
Family, Private Property and the State (1884) and Ludwig Feuerbach (1888).
These works appeared in the later years of Marx's own life, or not long after his
'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 eighties – Bernstein
And Plekhanov and many other Russian Marxists were originally schooled in this
tradition. When they later went on to embrace Marxism, it was to rediscover in the
writings of Engels an interpretation of Hegel very similar to the one they had ...
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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