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p. 152. The young Hegelianlocked

  • Peter Singer


Marx discovered Hegel when he was a student in Berlin. The close attachment to Hegelian thought that Marx developed stayed with him his whole life. ‘The young Hegelian’ considers the philosophy of Hegel, especially as expressed in The Phenomenology of Mind, to try to understand more about how Marx came to his beliefs. One of the most celebrated passages in Phenomenology concerns the relationship between master and slave. This illustrates what Hegel meant by dialectic and introduces an idea of Marxism concerning the relationship between capitalist and worker. Hegel’s philosophy seemed mystifying to Marx, until applied to the real world. The notion of ‘Mind’ was reinterpreted as ‘human self-consciousness’.

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