- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
- Format: Paperback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 211mm x 15mm | 204g
- Publication date: 25 May 2007
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0486455610
- ISBN 13: 9780486455617
- Edition statement: Dover.
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- Sales rank: 97,401
Written in 1844 as a series of notes, Marx's posthumously published critiques on the conditions of modern industrialist societies forms the foundation of the author's denunciation of capitalism. Combining elements of psychology, sociology, and anthropology, it is a profound examination of the human condition rooted in a philosophy of economics. In this concise treatise, Marx presents an indictment of capitalism and its threat to the working man, his sense of self, and his ultimate potential. With a focus on "Marxist Humanism," he describes the alienation of laborers in a capitalist system: since the results of their work belong to someone else, they are estranged from their own labor and can never function as freely productive beings. Through a powerful mixture of history and economics, Marx explores the degenerative effect of capitalism on the proletariat and his true human nature. Regarded as one of his most important books, "Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844" is a first glimpse at Marx's fascinating transition from philosophy to economics. Accessible and influential, it is an important predecessor to the "Communist Manifesto" and essential to an understanding of Marxist theory.
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Table of contents
IntroductionTranslator’s Note on TerminologyEconomic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844, by Karl MarxPrefaceWages of LabourProfit of Capital1. Capital2. The Profit of Capital3. The Rule of Capital over Labour and the Motives of the Capitalist4. The Accumulation of Capitals and the Competition Amongst the CapitalistsRent of Land[Estranged Labour][Antithesis of Capital and Labour. Landed Property and Capital][Private Property and Labour. Views of the Merchantile System and Physiocracy, Adam Smith, Ricard and His School][Private Property and Communism. Various Stages of Development of Communist Views. Crude, Equalitarian Communism and Communism as Socialism Coinciding with Humaneness][The Meaning of Human Requirements Where There Is Private Property and Under Socialism. The Difference Between Extravagant Wealth and Industrial Wealth. Division of Labour in Bourgeois Society][The Power of Money in Bourgeois Society][Critique of the Hegelian Dialectic and Philosophy as a Whole]AppendixOutlines of a Critique of Political Economy by Frederick Engels