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Hegel and Marx After the Fall of Communism

The collapse of the Soviet Empire led many to think that communism and perhaps socialism were no longer relevant to the modern world. Hegel and Marx After the Fall of Communism presents a balanced discussion of the validity of the arguments of two of the most important political philosophers of all time, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Karl Marx. David MacGregor reinterprets Hegel and Marx’s philosophies, setting out key events in their lives against a backdrop of global historical events. In a new afterword, MacGregor brings his study up to date, examining Russia’s revival as a world power under Vladimir Putin as well as China’s ambitious development efforts.

304 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 1998

Philosophy: Political Philosophy

Political Science: Public Policy

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“MacGregor illustrates the continuing relevance of Marx and, even more importantly, Hegel, for comprehending and combating a rapacious free market global capitalism. . . . Scholarly exegesis is excitingly combined with biography and a critical assessment of debates, both in Hegel’s and Marx’s time and since. . . . This is an accessible, thought-provoking account that will serve as an excellent introduction for students and demand a response from Hegel-Marx scholars.”

Political Studies

“David MacGregor challenges us to re-think the place we have given to Hegel and Marx in the social theory of a so-called ’post-communist’ world. In a jolting and lucid argument, MacGregor re-casts the relationship between these two thinkers within a framework that is deeply committed to a critique of everyday forms of domination. In doing so, MacGregor reveals Hegel and Marx to be superbly relevant and profound for an analysis of the practices of the ‘new economy.’”

Joe Hermer, Wolfson College, Oxford

Table of Contents


Preface to the Second Edition


1. Marx’s Relationship with Hegel

2. Dialectics of Youth ad Maturity

3. Hegel’s Development, 1770-1801

4. Hegel and Tom Paine in the Age of Revolution

5. Revolution, Despotism and Censorship, 1801-1831

6. Property and the Corporation

7. Labour and Civil Society

8. The State in Time



Bibliography to the Preface and Afterword to the Second Edition


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