The 18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon

The short articles, “Judenfragen” and “Intro to a Critique…” from 1843 show Marx engaged in the conversation with Bauer and Feuerbach and being an active participant in the Young Hegelian Idealist tradition. In the Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts” of 1844 Marx starts to expand (or expand beyond) that tradition. The Holy Family and The German Ideology of 1845 show the bitter and vitriolic break up of the Young Hegelians.

The 18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon written in 1852 looks back on the revolutions and the coup that brought and end to the Second Republic. This is a valedictory work coming at the end of his Hegelian/Idealist phase—a conclusion to the work of pure philosophy and a moving beyond to the realm of economics and social action. His work after this would be very different from what he had written before.

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~ by severalfourmany on February 3, 2011.

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