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This introductory chapter presents an overview of concepts covered in this book, which is intended as a work of philosophy. As a philosophical work, the book is concerned primarily with texts. The name 'Marx' may prompt expectations of a critique of ideology formulated on the basis of political economy. The book treats the texts it discusses as something extrinsic, since it does not prematurely relate them back to a social base. It examines them in order to learn something about a certain theoretical function, thus engaging in an 'immanent functional interpretation'. The texts are not analysed for their own sake, but with an eye to contemporary social philosophy and the reasons for the meagreness of its offerings. In other words, the present work is by no means merely historical; it is strongly oriented to the present.

Keywords: German-language texts; Marx; social philosophy



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