The Concept of Nature in Marx

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The Concept of Nature in Marx
The Concept of Nature in Marx, 1962 German edition.jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author Alfred Schmidt
Original title Der Begriff der Natur in der Lehre von Marx
Country Germany
Language German
Subject Karl Marx
  • 1962 (in German)
  • 1971 (in English)
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
ISBN 978-1781681473

The Concept of Nature in Marx (German: Der Begriff der Natur in der Lehre von Marx) is a 1962 book by the philosopher Alfred Schmidt. First published in English in 1971, is a classic account of Karl Marx's ideas about nature.[1]


The critic Terry Eagleton summarizes Schmidt as arguing that, according to Marx, "Human beings are part of Nature yet able to stand over against it; and this partial separation from Nature is itself part of their nature."[2]

Scholarly reception[edit]

The Concept of Nature in Marx has been seen as a classic work.[1] The philosopher Herbert Marcuse offers a discussion of the role of nature in Marxist philosophy informed by Schmidt's work in his Counterrevolution and Revolt (1972).[3] The political scientist David McLellan describes Schmidt's book as, "an important and well-documented consideration of the importance of Marx's materialism."[4]



  1. ^ a b Eagleton 2012. p. 248.
  2. ^ Eagleton 2012. p. 233.
  3. ^ Marcuse 1972. p. 62.
  4. ^ McLellan 1995. p. 446.


  • Eagleton, Terry (2012). Why Marx Was Right. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-18153-1. 
  • Marcuse, Herbert (1972). Counterrevolution and Revolt. Boston: Beacon Press. ISBN 0-8070-1533-4. 
  • McLellan, David (1995). Karl Marx: A Biography. London: Papermac. ISBN 0-333-63947-2.