Introduction to Marx and Engels / Edition 2

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Overview


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: 5/1/1997
  • Series: Dimensions of Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,457,732
  • Product dimensions: 0.55 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Richard Schmitt is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Brown University. He now teaches at Assumption, Becker and Worcester State Colleges as an adjunct. Born in Germany, of Jewish parentage, he arrived in the United States in 1946. Best known for his introductory texts to Heidegger and to Marx and Engels, he has written widely about existentialism and political philosophy. Alienation—a topic at the intersection of Existentialism and Political Philosophy—has been a lifelong concern of his.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Abbreviated References
Introduction 1
1 Human Nature 12
2 Against Individualism 23
3 History 32
4 The Dialectic 38
5 Historical Materialism 52
6 Materialism and Idealism 63
7 Ideology 71
8 Capitalism 87
9 Capitalism and Exploitation 100
10 Alienation 114
11 The Future of Capitalism and Its Failures 126
12 What Are Classes? 145
13 Class Struggles 160
14 The State 174
15 Utopian and Scientific Socialism 187
16 Socialism 200
Bibliography 218
About the Book and Author 223
Index 224
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