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Étienne Balibar

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823273607

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823273607.001.0001

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The Messianic Moment in Marx

The Messianic Moment in Marx

(p.143) Six: The Messianic Moment in Marx
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Étienne Balibar

, Steven Miller
Fordham University Press

This chapter reexamines a recurring question in interpretations of Marx: “What is the relationship between his concept of politics and religious (or theological) discourse?” Here, the chapter focuses mainly upon a single text: the article, entitled “Zur Kritik der Hegelschen Rechtsphilosophie. Einleitung,” that Marx published in the Deutsch-Französische Jahrbücher in March 1844. For the first time, in this text, Marx uses the name “proletariat.” Hence, this chapter shows that, read to the letter and placed within its proper context, this text represents the “messianic moment” in Marx's thought, and it makes it possible to examine the permanence and the metamorphoses of this dimension throughout his work.

Keywords:   Karl Marx, Marx's thought, messianic moment, religious discourse, proletariat

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