Title

The Young Marx and Kantian Ethics

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1986

Publisher

D. Reidel Publishing Company

Abstract

Certainly, the young Marx was deeply influenced by Hegel, but I would like to suggest that we can learn a good deal about Marx's early ethical views by seeing the influence that Aristotle and Kant had on him. Marx operates with a concept of essence in many ways like that of Aristotle and a concept of universalization much like that involved in Kant's categorical imperative. At the same time, Marx's task is to reconcile these Aristotelian and Kantian elements.