The relation between Hegel and Marx is among the most interpreted in the history of philosophy. Given the contemporary renaissance of Marx and Marxist theories, how should we re-read the Hegel-Marx connection today? What place does Hegel have in contemporary critical thinking?
Most schools of Marxism regard Marx’s inversion of Hegel’s dialectics as a progressive development, leaving behind Hegel’s idealism by transforming it into a materialist critique of political economy. Other Marxist approaches argue that the mature Marx completely broke with Hegel. By contrast, this book offers a wide-ranging and innovative understanding of Hegel as an empirically informed theorist of the social, political, and economic world. It proposes a movement ‘from Marx to Hegel and back’, by exploring the intersections where the two thinkers can be read as mutually complementing or even reinforcing one another.
With a particular focus on essential concepts like recognition, love, revolution, freedom, and the idea of critique, this new intervention into Hegelian and Marxian philosophy unifies the ethical content of Hegel’s philosophy with the power of Marx’s social and economic critique of the contemporary world.