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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Not only had he personally lived through the experience of the Berlin Left (or '
Young') Hegelians, the group Marx originally belonged to, but more recently he
had written a review of a book by Starcke on Feuerbach for Neue Zeit, vividly ...
Once liberated from this compromise, the essentially revolutionary principles of
his philosophy were destined to dominate the future.7 Engels also agreed with
the other Young Hegelians at this time in seeing Feuerbach exclusively as a ...
10 For the Young Hegelians, on the other hand, the future lay in working out the '
revolutionary' principles of Hegelianism itself. They are insistent upon the theme
of Hegel's 'personal compromise' with the Prussian state. And this is a position ...
28 Thus for Marx the conservative and apologetic character of Hegel's
philosophy is not to be explained by factors outside his thought (his personal
compromises with authority, etc.) as the Young Hegelians had tried to explain it. It
springs from ...
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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