Marx's Discourse with Hegel

Marx's Discourse with Hegel

Norman Levine

Language: English

Pages: 370


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The product of eight years of research, Levine's study divides Marx's relation to Hegel into two provinces, areas of discontinuity and continuity. Marx's discontinuity from Hegel arose from his negation of the Hegelian System, the belief that Spirit was the predicative force in the universe. Marx's continuity with Hegel concerns Hegelian methodology, or the structural procedures of reason itself described in The Science Of Logic. Marx incorporated the organic image of Hegel and applied it to political economy and Marx interpreted economic systems, Das Kapital, as organic system. Completion of this study required that Levine not only master the bibliography of Marx, but that of Hegel as well and he discovered that a large trove of the manuscripts of the young Hegel were not available to Marx and were only published in the 20th Century. In short, Georg Lukacs and Herbert Marcuse knew more of Hegel than Marx did.

Marx's Discourse With Hegel is the first probe to answer three questions:

Which manuscripts of Hegel did Marx know?
Which manuscripts of Hegel did Marxnot know?
How the invisibility of these young Hegelian texts led to Marx's misreading of Hegel.

The outcome of Marx's ignorance of early Hegel texts led to his misunderstanding of Hegel, but Marx still incorporated Hegelian methodology.


'Levine's work as a whole offers an extraordinarily detailed account of Marx's relations with his great predecessor Hegel, as well as mentors and peers such as Bruno Bauer, Arnold Ruge, Ludwig Feuerbach and, of course, Marx's brother-in-arms, Friedrich Engels. It is a resource no scholar interested in the internal development of Marx's thought is likely to ignore.' - Marx & Philosophy Review of Books















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