The basis of the state in the Marx of 1842

Chitty, Andrew (2006) The basis of the state in the Marx of 1842. In: Moggach, D (ed.) The New Hegelians: Politics and Philosophy in the Hegelian School. Cambridge University Press, pp. 220-241. ISBN 9780521854979

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This essay investigates the idea of the "essence" or "basis" of the state, which actual states express and realise to a greater or lesser extent, in Karl Marx's 1842 writings. It concludes that Marx begins by seeing this essence as freedom, following G.W.F. Hegel, but increasingly comes to describe it instead in terms of "life" and "life-forces" . It is argued that this shift represents an initial step towards the historical materialism of The German Ideology, in which humans' productive forces (associated with their "life-process") are expressed and realised in their social relations of production, paralleling the relationship between freedom (or life) and the state in 1842.

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