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Marx’s Critique Of Hegel

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Hegelianism was untenable without radical transformation. Such a transformation of the philosophy of the radical Young Hegelians, into a genuinely emancipatory idea began around 1841, coincidently with the move by the Prussian Monarchy to suppress it, and the publication of Ludwig Feuerbach's "Essence of Christianity" (1881). The rabble placing a claim for political leadership of society made the kind of totalizing idealism of Hegel's system unusable as an emancipatory doctrine, even whilst the masses would continue to be inspired by utopian ideals. In his critique of Hegel in the "1844 Manuscripts," Marx makes much of the fact that Hegel gives no recognition at all for human beings as natural beings, with needs that have their source in Nature, i.e., outside of all human labor processes. The strength of Hegel's philosophy is that he makes human life a product of Mind.

Keywords: Hegel; human labor processes; Marx



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