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LASSALLE, Ferdinand.

Das System der erworbenen Rechte.

Eine Versöhnung des positiven Rechts und der Rechtsphilosophie. In zwei Theilen.

Leipzig: F. A. Brockhaus, 1861 Stock Code: 147044
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State socialism

First edition of Lassalle's principal work, which Schumpeter describes as "a brilliant piece of legal sociology that dazzled many a professional jurist." (History of economic analysis, p. 454).

"It was Lassalle's great contribution to call into being the first political party of German workers, the Allgemeiner Deutscher Arbeitierverein, organized in 1863. Although during the Revolution of 1848 he belonged to the small communist group which gathered around Marx and although he adapted some of Marx's ideas Lassalle cannot be considered a pupil of Marx. While both men were decisively influenced by Hegel, Marx abandoned and Lassalle retained the point of view of German idealistic philosophy. Marx materialized dialectic into the class struggle; but Lassalle... did not regard the world of ideas as determined entirely by economic and class relations. He remained under the influence of Hegel's philosophy of the state, that peculiar mixture of the tradition of the Greek polis and Prussian bureaucracy. His view of the state and his theory of the 'iron law of wages' led him to neglect economic struggle and organization and to demand that the government help the workers by granting them capital or credit with which they might organize producers'co-operatives. Richer in ideas than Louis Blanc, more effective than Rodbertus and Lorenz von Stein, all of whom stimulated him, Lassalle preached the brand of state socialism which still dominates certain sections of the Social Democratic Party." (Gustav Meyer in Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences IX, p. 184).

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2 volumes, octavo (213 x 134 mm). Contemporary quarter diced roan and ribbed cloth, spines decorated and lettered gilt, marbled edges.


Printed in Gothic type.


Inscribed on the first title "Meinem lieben Schwager Ferdinand Friedland FL".


Stammhammer, Bibliographie des Sozialismus I, p. 127.


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