Introduction to Marx and Engels / Edition 2

Introduction to Marx and Engels / Edition 2

by Richard Schmitt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813332834

ISBN-13: 9780813332833

Pub. Date: 05/01/1997

Publisher: Westview Press


This book steers a middle path between those who argue that the theories of Marx and Engels have been rendered obsolete by historical events and those who reply that these theories emerge untouched from the political changes of the last ten years.Marxism has been a theory of historical change that claimed to be able to predict with considerable accuracy how…  See more details below

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This book steers a middle path between those who argue that the theories of Marx and Engels have been rendered obsolete by historical events and those who reply that these theories emerge untouched from the political changes of the last ten years.Marxism has been a theory of historical change that claimed to be able to predict with considerable accuracy how existing institutions were going to change. Marxism has also been a political program designed to show how these inevitable changes could be hastened. Richard Schmitt argues that Marxian predictions are ambiguous and unreliable, adding that the political program is vitiated by serious ambiguities in the conceptions of class and of political and social transformations. Marxism remains of importance, however, because it is the major source of criticisms of capitalism and its associated social and political institutions. We must understand such criticisms if we are to understand our own world and live in it effectively. While very critical of the failures of Marx and Engels, this book offers a sympathetic account of their criticism of capitalism and their visions of a better world, mentions some interpretive controversies, and connects the questions raised by Marx and Engels to contemporary disputes to show continuity between social thought in the middle of the last century and today.Addressed to undergraduate students, the book is easily accessible. It will be important in introductory or middle-level courses in sociology, political theory, critical theory of literature or law. It will also be useful in graduate courses in political theory, sociology, and economics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813332833
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
05/01/1997
Series:
Dimensions of Philosophy Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,332,592
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Abbreviated References
Introduction1
1Human Nature12
2Against Individualism23
3History32
4The Dialectic38
5Historical Materialism52
6Materialism and Idealism63
7Ideology71
8Capitalism87
9Capitalism and Exploitation100
10Alienation114
11The Future of Capitalism and Its Failures126
12What Are Classes?145
13Class Struggles160
14The State174
15Utopian and Scientific Socialism187
16Socialism200
Bibliography218
About the Book and Author223
Index224

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