Why Read Marx Today?

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August 2003



The fall of the Berlin Wall had enormous symbolic resonance, marking the collapse of Marxist politics and economics. Indeed, Marxist regimes have failed miserably, and with them, it seems, all reason to take the writings of Karl Marx seriously.
Jonathan Wolff argues that if we detach Marx the critic of current society from Marx the prophet of some never-to-be-realized worker's paradise, he remains the most impressive critic we have of liberal, capitalist, bourgeois society. The author shows how Marx's main ideas still shed light on
wider concerns about culture and society and he guides the reader through Marx's notoriously difficult writings. Wolff also argues that the value of a great thinker does not depend on his or her views being true, but on other features such as originality, insight, and systematic vision. From this
perspective, Marx still richly deserves to be read.
Why Read Marx Today? reinstates Marx as an important critic of current society, and not just a figure of historical interest.


Preface ; INTRODUCTION ; Marx's Life and Works ; The Plan of This Book ;
1: EARLY WRITINGS ; Introduction ; Religion ; The Philosophy of Historical Materialism ; Labour and Alienation ; Money and Credit ; Liberalism ; Emancipation ;
2: CLASS, HISTORY, AND CAPITAL ; Class ; History ; The Economics of Capitalism ; The Transition to Communism ; The Nature of Communism ;
3: ASSESSMENT ; Introduction ; Early Writings ; Theory of History ; Economics ; Communism ; Human Nature ; Conclusion ; GUIDE TO REFERENCES AND FURTHER READING ; INDEX


Jonathan Wolff is Professor of Philosophy at University College London. His books include the successful An Introduction to Political Philosophy, OUP.
EAN: 9780192805058
ISBN: 0192805053
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Oxford University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2003
Seitenanzahl: 144 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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