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By John Raines

ISBN-10: 1566399408

ISBN-13: 9781566399401

John Raines (Ed.)

Religious agony is at one and an analogous time the expression of genuine anguish and a protest opposed to actual pain. faith is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the center of a heartless global and the soul of soulless conditions.

Few humans could ever anticipate that Karl Marx is the author of the above assertion. He not just wrote it, yet he did so within the related breath of his extra recognized dictum that "religion is the opiate of the masses." How can one reconcile such assorted views at the energy and ubiquity of religion?

In this compact reader of Marx's crucial proposal on faith, John Raines bargains the entire variety of Marx's concepts on faith and its dating to the area of social family members. via a cautious choice of essays, articles, pamphlets, and letters, Raines exhibits that Marx had a much more advanced realizing of spiritual trust. both vital is how Marx's principles on faith have been in detail tied to his inquiries into political financial system, revolution, social switch, and the philosophical questions of the self.

Raines bargains an creation that indicates the ongoing significance of the Marxist standpoint on faith and its implications for how faith maintains to behave in and reply to the momentous alterations occurring in our social and environmental worlds. Marx on faith additionally contains a learn advisor to aid professors and students—as good because the common reader—continue to appreciate the importance of this frequently under-examined component to Marx.


"Marx on faith is a thoughtfully selected, intellectually difficult choice from the writings of Marx (and Engels) on faith. . Marx on faith is a priceless educating instrument. Its specific benefit in our polarized occasions is that it promotes touch around the widening abyss." technological know-how and Society "Like the Hebrew prophets of outdated, Marx knew that to talk of social justice we needs to turn into socially self-critical, and that suggests changing into serious of the ruling powers--whether they be kings or monks or funding bankers... For Marx, all principles are relative to the social place and pursuits in their construction. and prefer the prophets earlier than him, the main revealing standpoint isn't really from the head down or the guts outward, yet the...point of view of the exploited and marginalized. ache can see via and unveil professional causes; it may possibly cry out and protest opposed to the confidence of power." --John Raines, from the creation "The assortment is perhaps a great way into the learn of Marx in the event you start from a non secular orientation." --Philosophy in Review



Part I: The younger guy Marx
1. "Reflections of a adolescence on picking out an Occupation" (1835)
2. Letter to His Father: On a Turning-Point in lifestyles (1837)
3. The prime Article of No. 179 of Kölnische Zeitung (1842)
4. "On the Jewish Question" (1843)

Part II: realization and the fabric international
5. "Critique of Hegel's Dialectic and common Philosophy" (1844)
6. "The German Ideology—Ideology in General" ( 1844-46)
7. Preface: "A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy" (1859)
8. "The Holy relatives, or Critique of serious Criticism" (1814)

Part III: undesirable Work/Good paintings
9. Preface, "Early fiscal and Philosophic Manuscripts" (1844)
10. "Estranged Labor" (1844)
11. "Private estate and Communism" (1844)
12. "Money" (1844)
13. The Communist Manifesto (Chapter 1) (1848)
14. "Money and Alienated Man" (1844)
15. Capital, publication 1 (extract) (1867)

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If relaxed censorship allows repulsive excrescences to appear, what can be expected of freedom of the press? If our eyes are too weak to bear the “insolence” [Übermut] of what has been censored, how can they be strong enough to bear the “audacity” [Mut] of the free press? “As long as censorship exists it is its most urgent duty to. . ” And once it no longer exists? The sentence must be interpreted: It is the most urgent duty of the censorship to exist as long as possible. ” What heavenly kindness the man has!

On the basis of open contract. 2. commodatum; 3. depositum. But why should I continue filling pages with things I have discarded? The whole is permeated with trichotomous classifications, penned with wearisome prolixity. I misused the Roman notions most barbarously in order to force them into my system. Still, to some extent at least, I gained a conspectus of my topic and an affection for it. At the close of the discussion of material private law, I saw the fallaciousness of the whole, which in its fundamental schema borders on the Kantian, though differing wholly from Kant in matters of detail.

Philosophy, above all German philosophy, has a propensity to solitude, to systematical seclusion, to dispassionate self-contemplation which opposes it from the outset in its estrangement to the quick-witted and alive-to-events newspapers whose only delight is in information. Philosophy, taken in its systematic development, is unpopular; its secret weaving within itself seems to the layman to be an occupation as overstrained as it is unpractical; it is considered as a professor of magic whose incantations sound pompous because they are unintelligible.

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