Writings of the Young Marx on Philosophy and Society / Edition 1

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The most comprehensive one-volume collection in English of Marx's writings from 1835 to 1847, Writings of the Young Marx on Philosophy and Society ranges broadly in subject - from the nature of religion to freedom of the press and to the relation of the state to democracy, from the humanistic critique of philosophical idealism to the "alienation" of humanity and to the relation of communism to historical praxis. It features Easton and Guddat's own highly regarded translations based on the best German editions as well as on the original manuscripts and first editions and reveals differences as well as continuities between the "young" and the "old" Marx. A substantial introduction and detailed analytical headnotes indicate the significance and historical setting of each selection, as well as its relationship to Marx's other writings. With one exception "Defense of the Moselle Correspondent" each article, chapter, or book section is presented in its entirety, without internal deletions.
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Letters, articles, and sections of books from the period 1834-47 reveal Marx's 1818-83 early thinking on the nature of religion, freedom of the press, the relation of the state to democracy, the humanistic critique of philosophical idealism, and other topics. Reprinted from the 1967 Doubleday edition because of renewed interest after the fall of the Soviet Union. Paper edition unseen, $12.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Lucid translations into idiomatic English. They are clearer than the original German version! Our students struggle with Marx and they will appreciate a more 'user-friendly' translation. --John Brunn, Chabot College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872203686
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Series: Hackett Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Humanitarianism and Liberalism of a Young Hegelian
Reflections of a Youth on Choosing an Occupation 1835 35
Letter to His Father: On a Turning-Point in Life 1837 40
Notes to the Doctoral Dissertation 1839-41 51
Nodal Points in the Development of Philosophy 51
Platonism and Christianity 54
Philosophy after Its Completion 60
Reason and the Proof of God 64
[From Anekdota zur neuesten deutschen Philosophie und Publicistik 1842]
Comments on the Latest Prussian Censorship Instruction 67
Luther as Arbiter Between Strauss and Feuerbach 93
[From the Rheinische Zeitung 1842-43]
The Philosophical Manifesto of the Historical School of Law 96
The Centralization Question 106
The Leading Article in No. 179 of the Kolnische Zeitung: Religion, Free Press, and Philosophy 109
Communism and the Augsburg "Allgemeine Zeitung" 131
On a Proposed Divorce Law 136
From Defense of the Moselle Correspondent: Economic Distress and Freedom of the Press 143
Feuerbachian Criticism of Hegel
Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of the State 1843 151
Root Errors of Political Speculation: On Hegel's [actual symbol not reproducible] 261-69 152
Sovereignty and Democracy: On Hegel's [actual symbol not reproducible] 279 164
Civil Society and Bureaucracy: On Hegel's [actual symbol not reproducible] 287-97 177
Representation and Voting: On Hegel's [actual symbol not reproducible] 308 190
[From the Deutsch-Franzosische Jahrbucher 1843-44]
An Exchange of Letters 203
On the Jewish Question 216
Toward the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Law: Introduction 249
From Excerpt-Notes of 1844 265
Money and Alienated Man 265
Free Human Production 277
Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts 1844 283
Preface 284
Alienated Labor 287
Private Property and Communism 301
Critique of Hegel's Dialectic and Philosophy in General 314
Critical Notes on "The King of Prussia and Social Reform" 1844 338
Criticism and Appropriation of Hegel and Feuerbach
From The Holy Family 1844 361
Critical Comments on Proudhon 362
The Mystery of Speculative Construction 369
"Spirit" and "Mass" 374
"Criticism" and "Feuerbach" [by Friedrich Engels] 384
Critical Battle Against French Materialism 387
From Notebooks of 1844-45 399
Points on the Modern State and Civil Society 399
Theses on Feuerbach 400
From The German Ideology 1845-46 403
Preface 404
I Feuerbach: Opposition of Materialistic and Idealistic Outlook 405
A Ideology in General, Particularly German Ideology 406
Relation of the State and Law to Property 469
From The Poverty of Philosophy 1847 474
The Metaphysics of Political Economy: The Method 475
Index 497
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