On Marx: Revolutionary and Utopian (Liveright Classics)

On Marx: Revolutionary and Utopian (Liveright Classics)


A lucid creation to the philosophical complexities and the sensible limits of the political considered Karl Marx.

while Karl Marx was once buried at Highgate Cemetery in North London in 1883, his longtime pal and collaborator, Friedrich Engels, remarked that he used to be "above all a revolutionary." For Marx, the fight to correctly describe or interpret the area in rational phrases was once now not adequate; the purpose of politics and philosophy was once to not diagnose human society yet to change it. in line with Marx, background was once outlined by way of category clash, with the country heretofore present as a medium wherein the ruling periods can make the most the hard work of the efficient periods. merely via revolution may perhaps real self-government be completed with the final word aim of accomplishing a stateless, self-administering society freed from coercive legislation, police, and army forces. Marx spent so much of his grownup lifestyles devoted to uniting the novel working-class pursuits of Europe round this principal notion.

In On Marx, Alan Ryan examines Marx's political and monetary philosophy in the Victorian context of Marx's personal lifestyles and instances in addition to glancing ahead to the makes use of and abuses of his rules by way of his many successors. Tracing Marx's impacts from Hegel to Feuerbach, from French socialism to British political economic system, and documenting his ideological battles along with his contemporaries, Ryan offers a sterling explication and critique of Marx’s theories of alienation, surplus price, category fight, and revolution. Situating Marx into the framework of daily politics isn't effortless, yet this one quantity offers the clearest, so much obtainable advent to Marx's theories in contemporary years.

On Marx: innovative and Utopian features:

• a chronology of Karl Marx's life

• an advent and textual content via Alan Ryan that gives the most important context and cogent analysis

• key excerpts from: "Notes on James Mill," The German Ideology, "Theses on Feuerbach," The Communist Manifesto, Capital, The Civil warfare in France, and Critique of the Gotha Program

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