Marx: A Beginner's Guide

Marx: A Beginner's Guide

by Andrew Collier

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Breathing new life into the achievements of Karl Marx, this accessible and jargon-free introduction is a timely reminder of his undiminished influence. Andrew Collier's engaging text not only introduces the reader to Marx the revolutionary, but also redefines him as one of the first truly democratic thinkers. In a concise yet searching manner, Collier covers all the elements of marxist thought, from the early writings to such major texts as 'Capital' and the key themes of labour and society. Punctuating his study with a wide range of examples, from Aristotelian thought to Thatcherite policy, he explores the traditional notion of Marx the activist, while probing the apparent inconsistencies in his work and reclaiming his place as a philosopher and political theorist. Concluding with a thought-provoking assessment of Marx's pervasive influence on the political landscape of the twenty-first century. Collier's study highlights our own global inequalities and will be warmly welcomed by students, scholars and activists from a variety of backgrounds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780741673
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Series: Beginner's Guides
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
File size: 338 KB

About the Author

Andrew Collier is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton. He is the author of several books including Christianity and Marxism and In Defence of Objectivity

Andrew Collier is Professor of Philosophy at the Univeristy of Southhampton, he has lectured on Marx, Critical theory and Radical politics for 30 years and his publications include 'Critical Realism' ( Verso 1998) and 'Being and Worth' ( Routleedge, 1999), in addition to numerous articles.

Table of Contents

Author's note     vi
Prologue     1
The life of Marx     7
Humanism and alienation     21
Towards a science of history     39
Scientific socialism     59
Labour, value and exploitation: I. Theoretical     77
Labour, value and exploitation: II. Historical     95
The state, democracy and revolution     115
Marx and philosophy     131
Paradoxes in Marx's thought?     147
Marx today     165
Bibliography     183
Index     187

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