Critique of Hegel's 'Philosophy Of Right' (Cambridge Studies by Karl Marx

By Karl Marx

This e-book is an entire translation of Marx's severe remark on paragraphs 261-313 of Hegel's significant paintings in political thought. during this textual content Marx matters Hegel's doctrine at the inner structure of the kingdom to a long research. It used to be Marx's first try and reveal and criticize Hegel's philosophy commonly and his political philosophy particularly. It additionally represents his early efforts to criticize latest political associations and to elucidate the relatives among the political and financial features of society. The Critique presents textual proof in help of the argument that Marx's early writings don't convey substantially diverse doctrinal rules and theoretical and functional matters from his later paintings. This variation additionally features a translation of the creation Marx wrote for his proposed revised model of the Critique which he by no means accomplished. In a considerable advent, Professor O'Malley presents useful info on Marx's highbrow improvement.

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And accordingly, he demands a constitution opposed to the monarchy. These two demands converge in his assertion of democracy as the only constitution adequate to man's true political nature. Only in democracy, he asserts, is man himself really the originator and shaper of the constitution, and the state really an objectification of man's social species-being. Thus, democracy is the generic constitution relative to which monarchy is an aberrant species. At best, monarchy is a constitution in which one man stands as the symbol of the sovereignty inherent in every man; at worst it is a constitution in 1 2 3 5 See above, pp.

83, 96. lx 1 4 See p. II4 below. Seep. 62, 64, 125. 2 Seep. 122-3, 126-7. lxi 3 Seep. rrs. s Seep. n8. I EDITOR's INTRODUCTION EDITOR's INTRODUCTION which one man monopolizes the sphere of political existence to the exclusion of everyone else and reduces them, in effect, to a despicable and dehumanized condition.! Moreover, only in democracy do the people fully participate in determining and executing public affairs, the affairs of the state, that is, their own affairs as social beings. The means for this participation is universal suffrage, both active and passive.

J Thus, what is sometimes referred to as Marx's anarchism, his call for the disappearance, dissolution, or abolition of the state, grows out of his systematic critique of The Philosophy of Right, and specifically of Hegel's doctrine that the Estates are the principd institutional agency for the integration of man's social and political life; thus his anarchism must be 1 2 See pp. 20, 29--30; cf. Marx's letter to Ruge (May 1843) cited above (pp. xxvi-vii), and his remarks in the Critique, p. 26 below.

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