Marx's Theory of Alienation (book)

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Marx's Theory of Alienation
Marx's Theory of Alienation.jpg
Cover of the second edition
Author István Mészáros
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject Marx's theory of alienation
Publisher The Merlin Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 356
ISBN 978-0850365542

Marx's Theory of Alienation is a 1970 book about Karl Marx's theory of alienation by the philosopher István Mészáros. The work has received a mixture of praise and criticism from scholars.


Mészáros discusses Karl Marx's theory of alienation with reference to Marx's Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844. He explores the influence of philosophers such as Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Ludwig Feuerbach on Marx.[1]

Publication history[edit]

Marx's Theory of Alienation was first published by The Merlin Press in 1970.[2]


Deutscher Memorial Prize[edit]

Marx's Theory of Alienation received the Deutscher Memorial Prize in 1970.[3]

Evaluations in books[edit]

The political theorist Norman Geras, writing in Marx and Human Nature (1983), criticized Marx's Theory of Alienation. Geras found the work to be an example of the way in which Marxists have illogically denied that there is such a thing as human nature even while engaging in analysis of Marx that depends on the concept of a human nature.[4] The political scientist David McLellan, writing in The Thought of Karl Marx: An Introduction (1995), considered Marx's Theory of Alienation a good account of the continuity in Marx's thought, although an obscurely written and awkwardly constructed one.[5] The philosopher Peter Osborne, writing in A Critical Sense: Interviews with Intellectuals (2013), stated that Marx's Theory of Alienation established Mészáros's reputation in the English-speaking world.[6]



  1. ^ Mészáros 1970, pp. 11, 27.
  2. ^ Mészáros 1970, p. 4.
  3. ^ Deutscher Prize Web Site 2016.
  4. ^ Geras 1983, pp. 53–54.
  5. ^ McLellan 1995, p. 270.
  6. ^ Osborne 2013, p. 47.


  • Geras, Norman (1983). Marx and Human Nature: Refutation of a Legend. London: Verso Editions. ISBN 0 86091 767 3.
  • McLellan, David (1995). The Thought of Karl Marx: An Introduction. London: Papermac. ISBN 0-333-63948-0.
  • Mészáros, István (1970). Marx's Theory of Alienation. London: The Merlin Press.
  • Osborne, Peter (2013). A Critical Sense: Interviews with Intellectuals. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781134684250.
Online articles
  • Deutscher Prize Web Site (2016). "Past Recipients". The Deutscher Prize Web Site. Retrieved 9 October 2018.