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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. Eq ...more
Paperback, 444 pages
Published January 30th 1992 by Penguin Classics (first published June 1963)
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Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
I’m not going to be generous with Marx because he would become among the most consequential thinkers of modernity. Of anyone, Marx would have noted that being worshipful of the well-regarded is idiocy and these writings are among the least of his accomplishments. We find Marx at twenty five and twenty six, hot blooded and angry that he’s been censored. His philosophical writing isn’t particularly good or thorough, he’d like to think of himself as a student of economics, but what he excels at is ...more
Jacob Aitken
It’s rare that you get to see evidence of demonization in a writer, but you can see that with Marx. Accordingly, some essays are hard to read. That might not be entirely fair, though. Marx is dealing with Hegel--no easy writer himself--so one can’t exactly be clear. And to give credit to Marx, I think his critique of Hegel is interesting and points to tensions in the Hegelian system.

Thesis: Hegel cannot escape an alienation that exists between the people and the state.

Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Probably not the best stuff from the Great Karl Marx. Essentialist to its core, it reaks of simplicity. I re-read the works on Estranged Labor, which was interesting, but he just keeps trying to stick with the same simplistic point - Human Nature is basically good, and it is because of private-property & capitalist greed that people become evil.... well, yes, but Karl, things are much more complex than that. Definitely not as masterful as his mature works. It reaks of the cock-sure adolescen ...more
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sta certo di ciò, Io non cambierò la mia natura
Di malvagio per servirti.
Meglio essere il servitore di questa roccia
Che essere il fedele servitore di Zeus padre

Nei primi scritti del giovane Marx inizia a comparire la tensione verso le questioni religiose e quelle politiche, legate soprattutto alle contraddizioni del sistema liberale. Accompagnato dall'amore paterno, cui molte lettere sono dedicate, e dagli amori passionali tipici dei venti anni, Marx affronta con spiri
Brandon Montgomery
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'd already read most of the material presented in this volume, but it's always helpful to revisit a difficult text, as Marx's usually are. The Jewish Question was the only thing here I hadn't read before. Far from the antisemitic screed you'd expect from something with a name like that, it's actually a pretty good look at religion itself, how the state interacts with religion and so forth.

All in all, this isn't a bad volume. You could do worse than start here if you're new to "Young
Betsy Gant
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
"...the more of himself man attributes to God the less he has left in himself. The worker puts his life into the object, and his life then belongs no longer to himself but to the object. The greater his activity, therefore, the less he possesses...."

Probably will not be reading anymore Marx books for awhile. I did try to read this with an open mind, and I can definitely see and understand where Marx and his followers are coming from. But for me, Capitalism for the win everyday.
Dec 30, 2015 marked it as to-keep-reference
Un importante ejemplo del funcionamiento de esta dimensión espacial se demuestra por los procesos que han terminado con el Tercer Mundo, junto con todas las glorias y desgracias de sus pasadas luchas, el poder de los deseos que atravesaron sus procesos de liberación, y la pobreza de los resultados que coronaron sus éxitos. Hoy, los héroes reales de la liberación del Tercer Mundo pueden haber sido los emigrantes y los flujos de población que destruyeron viejas y nuevas fronteras. De hecho, el hér ...more
Feb 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The event, or practice, is not the result of consciousness, or an idea. Consciousness is born out of practice. In order to 'think outside the box' you have to make another box.

"If we assume man to be man, and his relation to the world to be a human one, then love can be exchanged only for love, trust for trust, and so on."

I guess the 1844 Manuscripts were his first attempt to leave German, idealist philosophy behind and focus on political economy. "The philosophers have only interpr
Luke Echo
Slowly worked through this collection of writings over about a year with a Reading Group. Its an eclectic collection.

I suppose I would have to agree with Althusser's assessment that these early writings are somewhat un-marxist. They are infected with a kind of ahistorical humanism that is inconsistent with the later work on Political Economy - superstructure / economic base model.
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
the point is to CHANGE IT!!
Solid collection, but only a few pieces that aren't already covered by the Marx-Engels Reader (Ed. Tucker).
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In 1818, Karl Marx, descended from a long line of rabbis, was born in Prussian Rhineland. Marx's' father converted to Protestantism shortly before Karl's birth. Educated at the Universities of Bonn, Jena, and Berlin, Marx founded the Socialist newspaper Vorwarts in 1844 in Paris. After being expelled from France at the urging of the Prussian government, which "banished" Marx in absentia, Marx stud ...more
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