Early Writings

Early Writings

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By (author) Karl Marx, Introduction by Lucio Colletti, Translated by Rodney Livingstone, Translated by Gregor Benton

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  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 192mm x 30mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 1 July 1992
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140445749
  • ISBN 13: 9780140445749
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 56,276

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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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Karl Marx (1818-1883). The core of Marx's economic analysis found early expression in the Okonomisch-philosophische Manuskripte aus dem Jahre 1844 (Economic and Political Manuscripts of 1844). There, Marx argued that the conditions of modern industrial societies invariably result in the estrangement (or alienation) of workers from their own labor. In his review of a Bruno Baier book, On the Jewish Question (1844), Marx decried the lingering influence of religion over politics and proposed a revolutionary re-structuring of European society. Much later, Marx undertook a systematic explanation of his economic theories in Das Kapital (Capital) (1867-95) and Theorien uber den Mehrwert (Theory of Surplus Value) (1862).

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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'.

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