Karl Marx / Edition 2

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Overview

This is one of the most respected books on Marx's philosophical thought. Wood explains Marx's views from a philosophical standpoint and defends Marx against common misunderstandings and criticisms of his views. All the major philosophical topics in Marx's work are considered: the central concept of alienation; historical materialism and Marx's account of social classes; the nature and social function of morality; philosophical materialism and Marx's atheism; and Marx's use of the Hegelian dialectical method and the Marxian theory of value.
The second edition has been revised to include a new chapter on capitalist exploitation and new suggestions for further reading. Wood has also added a substantial new preface which looks at Marx's thought in light of the fall of the Soviet Union and our continued ambivalence towards capitalism, exploring Marx's continuing relevance in the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415316989
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/8/2004
  • Series: Arguments of the Philosophers Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 474,798
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Allen Wood is Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University. His previous publications include Kant's Moral Religion (1970), Kant's Rational Theology (1978), Hegel's Ethical Thought (1990), and Kant's Ethical Thought (1999).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition
Biographical sketch
Introduction
Pt. 1 Alienation 1
1 The concept of alienationp 3
2 The human essence 16
3 Human production 31
4 Alienation and capitalism 44
Pt. 2 Historical materialism 61
5 Production and society 63
6 Classes 82
7 Materialist explanations 101
8 Materialism, agency and consciousness 112
Pt. 3 Marxism and morality 125
9 Marx on right and justice 127
10 Morality as ideology 143
Pt. 4 Philosophical materialism 163
11 Materialism naturalism 165
12 Materialist realism 181
Pt. 5 The dialectical method 195
13 The Hegelian dialectic 197
14 The Marxian dialectic 215
15 Dialectic in capital 227
16 Capitalist exploitation 242
Concluding remark 265
Notes 267
Some futher reading 294
Index 297
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