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Formation of the Marxist conception of the state

Author(s): Grzegorz Wyczyński
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Szczecińskiego
Keywords: Karl Marx; the state; the early works of Marx

Summary/Abstract: In this article I tried to analyze the early texts of Karl Marx to abstract from them his views on the state. The question, that interested me, was: is there a theory of the state in early Marx's writings and - if there is - what is it's relationship to the standpoint articulated in his subsequent texts? In the mature thought of Karl Marx the state was understood as a tool of class violence - an institution in the superstructure which primary function is reproduction of a social class structure and its economical infrastructure. But in some early works of this author we won't find such a definitions. I tried to show then, how Marx's understanding of the state have changed during his early period.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 32
  • Page Range: 9-40
  • Page Count: 32