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Marx: A Very Short Introduction

Peter Singer

Publication Date - January 2001

ISBN: 9780192854056

120 pages
Paperback
5 x 7-3/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $11.95

An eminent philosopher offers a brilliant, compact introduciton to the thinking of Karl Marx

Description

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.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

Features

  • Identifies the central vision that unifies Marx's thought, enabling us to grasp Marx's views as a whole
  • Explains alienation, historical materialism, the economic theory of Capital, and Marx's ideas of communism, and concludes with an assessment of Marx's legacy

About the Author(s)

Peter Singer is a DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University.

Reviews

"I always recommend that undergraduates should read Singer's book to get an overview. I find it a very useful introduction: succinct and sophisticated."--Professor Diana Coole, University of California, Irvine

"[An] excellent brief presentation of Marx and his teachings, written with clarity and conciseness; up-to-date in its sources, dispassionate in its approach to [Marx] and balanced in its assessment."--Peter McConville, University of San Francisco

"Clear, concise, insightful, and even-handed."--Susan Armstrong-Buck, Humboldt State University

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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