Becoming Marx: How the Young Karl Marx Became a Marxist

Becoming Marx How the Young Karl Marx Became a Marxist In recent years the philosophy of Karl Marx has met with a new interest The problems of the modern capitalist market economy have showed that Marx far from being a dead dog to be buried in the dustbin

  • Title: Becoming Marx: How the Young Karl Marx Became a Marxist
  • Author: Marcel H. Van Herpen
  • ISBN: 9789075759143
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Paperback
  • In recent years the philosophy of Karl Marx has met with a new interest The problems of the modern capitalist market economy have showed that Marx far from being a dead dog to be buried in the dustbin of history has still a lot to tell to our contemporary world This book proposes a critical assessment of his thinking The young Karl Marx was a typical representativIn recent years the philosophy of Karl Marx has met with a new interest The problems of the modern capitalist market economy have showed that Marx far from being a dead dog to be buried in the dustbin of history has still a lot to tell to our contemporary world This book proposes a critical assessment of his thinking The young Karl Marx was a typical representative of German Romanticism, who, under the influence of his father, began to be interested in theories of human alienation In this book we follow in detail his intellectual development We are introduced in the theories of Schiller, Rousseau, Hegel, and Feuerbach, that shaped his thinking and see how, from the beginning, Marx s objectives are deeply ethical He wants to end man s alienation and change the egoistic bourgeois of civil society into an ethical citizen.Paradoxically, this ethical stance led him to criticize human rights, which, he thought, only defended the rights of the selfish bourgeois a position, which is a central flaw of his theory Young Marx s commitment to end human alienation brings him to search for a subject, capable of revolutionary change He finds this subject in the proletariat and predicts an increasing polarization between the haves and the have nots, leading to a revolution Although this polarization theory seemed to be definitively refuted by the advent of the modern welfare state, it recently made a come back with the debate around Thomas Piketty s book Capitalism in the 21st Century , in which the author argued that inequality in Western societies is increasing and has reached levels similar to those existing at the end of the 19th century Marx, therefore, is far from dead He is there to stay with us Although Marx s solutions may not be appropriate for the contemporary world, his ideas on human alienation and his critique of economic inequality will remain an enduring source of inspiration.This book describes and analyzes in a critical way, also accessible for non philosophers Rousseau s and Schiller s theories of alienation Hegel s metaphysical thinking Feuerbach s critique of Hegel The development of Marx s different theories of alienation Marx s ambivalent position vis vis human rights The relation between politics and ethics in the young Marx Marx s theory of the proletariat Marx s polarization and immiseration theories have they been refuted or not Marx today A critical assessment of Marx s theories and suppositions in the light of the debate inspired by Thomas Piketty s Capitalism in the 21st Century.

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