Substance, Subject, Proleteriat by Martin Jenkins

When at Berlin University, Bruno Bauer (1809-1882) was Marx’s tutor. Both would frequent ‘Hippels’ Wine Bar - once the meeting place of the so-called Doktor Klub and later the ‘Young Hegelians’ - where radical politics along neo-Hegelian lines were discussed. In 1842 under increased repression from the regime of Frederick IV, Bauer was dismissed from his teaching post and Marx became a Journalist in the face of few academic opportunities. Describing themselves as ‘The Free’ (Die Frie), Bauer and his followers remained firmly in neo-Hegelian territory whereas Marx, reporting on more empirical social, political and economic matters, began his journey towards Communism. The divergence was to reach fruition in Marx’s disagreements with and significant criticism of ‘The Free’ in The Holy Family and The German Ideology.

In this paper, I examine the ideas of a leading Young Hegelian Bruno Bauer. This is to shine light on a rather obscure issue that surfaces in The Holy Family where Marx attacks Bauer for being elitist and dismissive of the ignorant Mass, Masses...

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Substance, Subject, Proleteriat by Martin Jenkins

When at Berlin University, Bruno Bauer (1809-1882) was Marx’s tutor. Both would frequent ‘Hippels’ Wine Bar - once the meeting place of the ...