Tuesday, January 09, 2007


Primary Sources:

Noted Marx scholar David McLellan suggests reading, in this order:

Communist Manifesto
German Ideology, first part. (can skip last two thirds)
Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte – polemical journalism
Civil war in France – polemical journalism
Value, Price and Profit (1865) summarizes main ideas of Capital in simple terms for British trade unionists
Capital, Volume 1, part one
Grundrisse- most difficult of Marx’s writings
Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts:
a. “Alienated Labor”
b. “Private Property and communism”
c. “Critique of Hegel’s Dialectic”

Secondary Sources

• Avineri, S. The Social and Political thought of Karl Marx (Cambridge, 1968)
=continuity of Marx’s thought and the importance of Hegel

• Berlin, Isaiah. Karl Marx, His Life and Environment (New York, 1963)

The Cambridge Companion to Marx, edited by Terell Carver. (Cambridge, 1991)

• Carew Hunt,R.N. The Theory and Practice of Communism (Baltimore, 1963)

• Dupre, Louis. Philosophical Foundations of Marxism (New York, 1966)
= his thought up to Communist Manifesto

• Fromm, Marx’s Concept of Man (New York, 1961)

Karl Marx, edited by Tom Bottomore (Makers of Modern Social Science, Englewood Cliffs, 1973)

• McLellan, David. Karl Marx (Penguin Modern Masters, New York, 1976)

• McLellan,David. Marx Before Marxism (London, 1970)
= his thought up to Paris Manuscripts

• McLellan, David. The Thought of Karl Marx: An Introduction (New York, 1971)

• McMurty, The Structure of Marx’s World View (Princeton, 1978) = an analytical presentation centering on his concept of historical materialism

• Prokopczyk, Czeslaw. Truth and Reality in Marx and Hegel: A Reassessment. (Amhurst, 1980)

• Schacht, Richard. Alienation. (Garden City, 1970)

• Schmitt, Introduction to Marx and Engels: A Critical Reconstruction (Boulder, 1987)

• Wolff, Jonathan. Why Read Marx Today? (Oxford, 2002)

• Woodfin, Rupert. Introducing Marxism (Thriplow, Royston, 2004)


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