Marx's Fate: The Shape of a Life


Marx’s Fate is an intellectual biography of Marx that combines historical, textual and psychological analyses to provide major new insights into the philosopher’s writings and development.

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Marx’s Fate is an intellectual biography of Marx that combines historical, textual and psychological analyses to provide major new insights into the philosopher’s writings and development.

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**** Reprint of the Princeton University Press work originally published in 1978 and endorsed by BCL3. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271009353
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 2/26/1993
  • Pages: 451
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Jerrold Seigel is Professor of History at New York University and author of Rhetoric and Philosophy in Renaissance Humanism (1968) and Bohemian Paris (1986).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Introduction 3
Pt. 1 Becoming Marx
1 Hegel: Philosophy, Dialectic, and Fate 13
1 Reason and Unreason in Society and the Psyche 14
2 The Narrows of the Spirit 20
3 Spirit, History, and Fate 27
4 Dialectic, Method, and Madness 31
2 Starting Out: Vocation, Rebellion, and Realism 38
1 The Lessons of Trier 38
2 Vocation 44
3 Conversion 60
3 The Young Hegelian 65
1 Philosophy, Isolation, and Inversion 65
2 Companions 75
3 The Moor 78
4 Philosophy and Journalism 83
5 Beyond Hegel 91
4 Philosophy Inverted, I. Materialism, the Proletariat, and the Jewish Question 95
1 From Mind to Matter 95
2 Jenny 100
3 Hegel Inverted 103
4 Proletarians and Others 106
5 The Jewish Question 112
5 Philosophy Inverted, II. Alienation and Society 120
1 Verkehr and Verkehrung: Commerce and the Inverted World 120
2 Political Economy and Human History 126
3 Settling up with Hegel 132
4 Not Finishing 136
5 Beyond Feuerbach 141
6 Real History: Materialism, Philosophy, and the Path to Maturity 146
1 Le Doux Commerce 146
2 Stirner: The Cycle of a Private Life 154
3 Youth Transcended 158
4 The World Right-Side-Up 169
5 Personal Style: Weakness and Strength 181
6 The Hegelian Residue 189
Pt. 2 Involvement and Isolation
7 Revolution and Revelation 193
1 The Only Revolution 193
2 Society Revealed - and Reveiled 195
3 Class Formation and Class Dissolution 203
4 The Return of the Past 213
8 Exile and Politics 217
1 A New Era 217
2 Political Illusion and Secret Diplomacy 219
3 The Politics of Isolation 229
4 The Politics of Involvement 234
9 Misery and Philosophy: Marx in his Family 253
1 The Long Dark Night of Exile 253
2 The Structure of a Domestic Economy 256
3 A Family Interior 269
4 The Children 279
5 Marx in his Family: Need and Rejection 287
Pt. 3 Economics: Marx's Fate
10 Value, Revelation, and the Method of Political Economy 293
1 Value, Empiricism, and Philosophy, 1844-51 294
2 The Grundrisse: Plumbing the Depths of Economic Life 304
3 Illusion, Alienation, and Method 316
11 Reality, Surface, and Inversion in Capital 329
1 Capital: Coherence and Recurrence 329
2 The Profit Law: Simplicity and Complexity 336
3 Profit, Value Theory, and History 347
4 Revolution in Capital: Vision and Reality 351
5 Prices and Profits: The Logic of Inversion 353
6 Economics, Logic, and Psychology: Democritus Redivivus 359
12 The Unknown Masterpiece 363
1 The Part and the Whole 363
2 Dissatisfaction and Abstraction 369
3 External Conditions 375
4 The Sickly Scholar 382
5 Conclusion: Ideal and Reality in Marx's Thought and Life 387
A Note on Sources and Citations 393
Notes 394
Index 443
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