Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 and the Communist Manifesto (Great Books in Philosophy)

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Communism as a political movement attained global importance after the Bolsheviks toppled the Russian Czar in 1917. After that time the works of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, especially the influential Communist Manifesto (1848), enjoyed an international audience. The world was to learn a new political vocabulary peppered with "socialism," "capitalism," "the working class," "the bourgeoisie," "labor theory of value," "alienation," "economic determinism," "dialectical materialism," and "historical materialism." ...
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Overview

Communism as a political movement attained global importance after the Bolsheviks toppled the Russian Czar in 1917. After that time the works of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, especially the influential Communist Manifesto (1848), enjoyed an international audience. The world was to learn a new political vocabulary peppered with "socialism," "capitalism," "the working class," "the bourgeoisie," "labor theory of value," "alienation," "economic determinism," "dialectical materialism," and "historical materialism." Marx's economic analysis of history has been a powerful legacy, the effects of which continue to be felt world-wide.

Serving as the foundation for Marx's indictment of capitalism is his extraordinary work titled Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts, written in 1844 but published nearly a century later. Here Marx offers his theory of human nature and an analysis of emerging capitalism's degenerative impact on man's sense of self and his creative potential. What is man's true nature? How did capitalism gain such a foothold on Western society? What is alienation and how does it threaten to undermine the proletariat?

These and other vital questions are addressed as the youthful Marx sets forth his first detailed assessment of the human condition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879754464
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/1988
  • Series: Great Books in Philosophy
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 243
  • Sales rank: 654,534
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 8.37 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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    One can only argue a topic if one knows the topic

    At a time when much turmoil exists over politics, ethics, equality, and economics, where many accuse existing administrations of socialism, not based on knowledge of the subject but rather fear of it, it is time that everyone take time to understand the true message of Marx. Marx's philosophy and theory is not about government control or communist tyranny, but rather about politics, ethics, equality, and economics by the people and for the people, a society truly democratic politically, morally, economically, and culturally. Read these writings and prove me wrong!

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