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The younger Karl Marx is an leading edge and critical research of Marx's early writings. those writings give you the attention-grabbing spectacle of a strong and innovative mind wrestling with advanced and demanding concerns, yet additionally they current bold interpretative stumbling blocks to fashionable readers. David Leopold indicates how an realizing in their highbrow and cultural context can light up the political measurement of those works. An erudite but available dialogue of Marx's affects and goals frames the author's severe engagement with Marx's account of the emergence, personality, and (future) alternative of the trendy country. this mix of old and analytical ways ends up in a sympathetic, yet no longer uncritical, exploration of such basic issues as alienation, citizenship, neighborhood, anti-semitism, and utopianism. The younger Karl Marx is a scholarly and unique paintings which gives an intensive and persuasive reinterpretation of Marx's advanced and sometimes misunderstood perspectives of German philosophy, smooth politics, and human flourishing.

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It can be said to have significantly distorted our understanding of both the content of the early writings and the context in which they were produced. In particular, it has encouraged neglect, not only of other influences on Marx’s intellectual development, but also of the sustained critique of Hegel and Hegelianism that runs through the early writings. A wholesale assault on this dominant consensus – concerning the Hegelian character of the early writings – is beyond the remit of the present chapter.

For example, Friedrich Schiller uses the term in precisely this ¨ die a¨ sthetische Erziehung des Mensense at several points in his treatise Uber schen (1795). 4 Where this idea appears in Marx’s work it is presumed to confirm Hegel’s influence. Yet it would be a mistake to identify this dialectical progression with Hegel alone. It constitutes a motif which was common to a number of writers associated (more or less closely) with Fr¨uhromantik, the period of early German romanticism which flourished in Jena and Berlin between 1796 and 1801.

Three letters from Marx to Heine survive, including one written as Marx was leaving Paris: ‘Of all the people I am leaving behind here, those I leave with the most regret are the Heines. ’ Marx to Heine, end of January to 1 February 1845, MEW 27, 434; MECW 38, p. 21. Only one letter from Heine to ‘Liebster Marx’ survives, sending proof sheets of Deutschland for Marx’s ‘amusement’ and so that he could select ‘the best parts’ for Vorw¨arts! Heine, Briefe, volume 2, pp. 541ff. Heine’s warm respect for – if not agreement with – one of ‘the most resolute and brilliant (entschiedenste und geistreichste)’ of his ‘fellow countrymen (Landsleute)’ is well established.

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