Early Writings

Paperback | July 1, 1992

byKarl MarxTranslated byRodney Livingstone, Gregor Benton

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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 astonishingly rich body of works produced in 1833-1834, when Marx was hardly twenty-five, formed the basis for his subsequent development.It is here that Marx first made clear his views on alienation, the state, representative government, democracy and human nature, here that Marx first laid the foundations of 'historical materiali...

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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 devel...

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The astonishingly rich body of works produced in 1833-1834, when Marx was hardly twenty-five, formed the basis for his subsequent development.It is here that Marx first made clear his views on alienation, the state, representative government, democracy and human nature, here that Marx first laid the foundations of 'historical materiali...

Karl Marx was born in 1818 in Trier, Germany and studied in Bonn and Berlin. Influenced by Hegel, he later reacted against idealist philosophy and began to develop his own theory of historical materialism. He related the state of society to its economic foundations and mode of production, and recommended armed revolution on the part of...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 7.74 × 5.05 × 0.85 inPublished:July 1, 1992Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Lucio Colletti
Critique of Hegel's Doctrine of the State (1843)
Letters from the Francon-German Yearbooks (1843)
On the Jewish Question (1843)
A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right. Introduction (1843-4)
Excerpts from James Mill's Elements of Political Economy (1844)
Economic and Political Manuscripts (1844)
Critical Notes on the Article "The King of Prussia and Social Reform. By a Prussian" (1844)

Appendix
A. Concerning Feuerbach
B. Preface (to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy)

Glossary of Key Terms
Chronology of Marx's Life 1818 to August 1844
Note on Previous Editions of the Works of Marx and Engels
Chronology of Works by Marx and Engels
Index

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The astonishingly rich body of works produced in 1833-1834, when Marx was hardly twenty-five, formed the basis for his subsequent development.It is here that Marx first made clear his views on alienation, the state, representative government, democracy and human nature, here that Marx first laid the foundations of 'historical materialism'.