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The Future in the Writings of Karl Marx

An Evaluative Interpretation Based on Primary Sources

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Joel Tabora

It was in critical humanistic intent that Marx attempted the overturning of Hegel's dialectic in Historical Materialism: understanding future human humanity as the necessary overcoming («Aufhebung») of private productivity which fails to satisfy man's human need. This study, based on a spectrum of primary sources from the young to the mature Marx, presents the critical function and the praxis-inductive role the future had in Marx's thought. The promise that continues to live in this thought is thereby explicitated. It is however a promise premised on a persistent idealism in Marx's claimed materialism which compromises the depth of man's human need in a future whose realization is necessarily (only) future.
Contents: Future in Marxian materialism: as result of Marx's critique of Hegelian dialectic - As the transcendence of private property («Economic and philosophic manuscripts») - As the negation of human negation in the commodity fetish («Capital»).