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From the Philosophy of Law to Political Economy: Marx’s Thought in 1842 – 1844

(Original title: Od filozofie práva k politickej ekonómii: Marxovo myslenie v rokoch 1842 – 1844)
Filozofia, 65 (2010), 5, 428-439.
Type of work: Papers
Publication language: Slovak

The paper offers a reconstruction of the development of Karl Marx’s thought in 1842 – 1844 proceeding from the philosophy of law and social philosophy to political economy and its critique. It puts forward a new interpretation of the categories “bürgerliche Gesellschaft“, “alienation“ and “alienated labor“. This interpretation shows that the development of Marx’s thought did not proceed from „philosophy“ to “political economy“ or from “humanism“ to “scientism“, but from an “external“ to an “internal“ critique of political economy.


Civil society, Hegel’s political philosophy, Political economy, Critique of political economy, Alienation, Social form

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