Marx: A Very Short Introduction / Edition 1

Marx: A Very Short Introduction / Edition 1

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by Peter Singer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0192854054

ISBN-13: 9780192854056

Pub. Date: 01/18/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In Marx: A Very Short Introdution, Peter Singer identifies the central vision that unifies Marx's thought, enabling us to grasp Marx's views as a whole. He sees him as a philosopher primarily concerned with human freedom, rather than as an economist or a social scientist. In plain English, he explains alienation, historical materialism, the economic theory of

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In Marx: A Very Short Introdution, Peter Singer identifies the central vision that unifies Marx's thought, enabling us to grasp Marx's views as a whole. He sees him as a philosopher primarily concerned with human freedom, rather than as an economist or a social scientist. In plain English, he explains alienation, historical materialism, the economic theory of Capital, and Marx's ideas of communism, and concludes with an assessment of Marx's legacy.

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ISBN-13:
9780192854056
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/18/2001
Series:
Very Short Introductions Series
Pages:
120
Sales rank:
752,525
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 4.30(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

1. A life and it impact; 2. The young Hegelian; 3. From God to money; 4. Enter the proletariat; t. The first Marxism; 6. Alienation as a theory of history; 7. The goal of history; 8 Economics; 9. Communism; 10. An assessment; Note on sources; Further Reading; Index.

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I felt the later chapters of this book were well developed, but the first few chapters on how Marx developed his philosophy from Hegel's left me with more questions than answers. Overall, the book provides are decent foundation on which to critique Marx as a philosopher, social scientist, economist, etc. Singer brings up many common objections to Marxist thought, but he also presents Marx's ideas in a non-bias way and gives credit where he sees credit is due. I found the biography of Marx to be interesting along with the subtleties of his relationship with Engels. But in the end, I wish this book had been a little more detailed, especially with regards to Marx's early works and philosophy.