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Karl Marx: His Life and Thought

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Ruge wrote to a friend: 'Bruno Bauer, Karl Marx, Christiansen and Feuerbach are forming a new "Montagne" and making atheism their slogan. ' 2 And Georg Jung, a prosperous young Cologne lawyer and supporter of the radical movement, wrote to Ruge: 'If Marx, Bruno Bauer and Feuerbach come together to found a theological-philosophical review, God would do well to surround Himself with all His angels and indulge in self-pity, for these three will certainly drive Him out of His heaven .... '8 These plans came to nothing, however.

LIN 39 sion followed. Although now it makes rather dry reading and often interprets the ideas of the ancients in an inappropriately subtle Hegelian perspective, Marx's thesis was a profoundly original work. One of those best qualified to judge has written that 'it is almost astonishing to see how far he got considering the materials then available'. 1 During these years Marx was not only concerned with writing his thesis. The other projects he was engaged in similarly reflected the Young Hegelian climate and the discussions in the Doctors' Club.

Jaegar, 'Savigny et Marx', Archives de Ia Philosophie du Droit (1967). 1 Marx to Heinrich Marx, Early Texts, p. 3. ' Ibid. 27 TRIER, BONN AND BERLIN complicated schema of his philosophy of law that comprised the second part of his treatise. The main reason for his dissatisfaction with this classification seems to have been that it was essentially empty- a desk, as he put it, into whose drawers he later poured sand. When he got as far as the discussion of private material law, he realised that his enterprise was mistaken: At the end of material private law I saw the falsity of the whole conception (whose outline borders on the Kantian but when elaborated veers completely away), and it again became plain to me that I could not get by without philosophy.

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