Marx's Concept of Man

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Marx's Concept of Man
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The 1975 Frederick Ungar Publishing Co. edition
Author Erich Fromm
Country United States
Language English
Genre Philosophy
Published 1961 (Frederick Ungar Publishing Co.)
Media type Print
Pages 263
ISBN 0-8044-5391-8 (hardback)
0-8044-6161-9 (paperback)

Marx's Concept of Man is a 1961 book about Karl Marx by Erich Fromm.


Fromm portrays Marx as a humanist and existentialist thinker,[1] and compares Marxism to Zen Buddhism.[2] He praises Reason and Revolution, Herbert Marcuse's 1941 book on Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, and provides selections from several of Marx's works,[3] including a translation of the Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 by Tom Bottomore,[4] professor at the London School of Economics. Made at Fromm's suggestion, this translation marked the first publication of these early writings of Marx in English.[5]


Marx's Concept of Man sold widely thanks to the popularity of Marx's early writings, which was a product of the existentialism of the 1940s. It has been seen as a typical example of the favorable reception of the young Marx.[2]

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  1. ^ McLellan 1995. p. 441.
  2. ^ a b McLellan 1975. p. 79.
  3. ^ Fromm 1975. p. ix.
  4. ^ McLellan 1995. p. 267.
  5. ^ Funk 2000. p. 147.


  • Fromm, Erich (1975). Marx's Concept of Man. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co. ISBN 0-8044-6161-9. 
  • Funk, Rainer (2000). Erich Fromm: His Life and Ideas. New York: The Continuum International Publishing Group. ISBN 0-8264-1224-6. 
  • McLellan, David (1975). Marx. Glasgow: Fontana. ISBN 0-333-63947-2. 
  • McLellan, David (1995). Karl Marx: A Biography. London: Papermac. ISBN 0-333-63947-2. 
  • McLellan, David (1995). The Thought of Karl Marx: An Introduction. London: Papermac. ISBN 0-333-63948-0.