File spoon-archives/bhaskar.archive/bhaskar_2001/bhaskar.0106, message 7

Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2001 10:18:49 +0100
Subject: BHA: Bhaskar, Marx and self-consciousness

Hi all,

Somewhere Bhaskar approvingly cites Marx as follows (or part thereof -
certainly the second sentence and I think also the last, although the
citation of each might be in a different place):

'Our programme must be: the reform of consciousness not through dogmas
but by analysing mystical consciousness obscure to itself, whether it
appear in religious or political form. It will then become plain that
the world has long since dreamed of something of which it needs only to
become conscious for it to possess in reality.... What is needed above
all is a *confession*, and nothing more than that. To obtain forgiveness
for its sins mankind needs only to declare them for what they are.'
(Marx to Ruge 1843).

Can anyone tell me please where Bhaskar cites this?

I've been re-reading the early Marx, and it's striking that many of the
themes of *From East to West* are already there... 


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