Why Read Marx Today?

ISBN-10: 0192805053
ISBN-13: 9780192805058
Edition: 2003
Authors: Jonathan Wolff
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Description: 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.   More...

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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/30/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

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.

Jonathan Wolff is a professor of philosophy and the director of the Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health at university College London. He wrote a regular column for The Guardian in London, where he resides.

Introduction
Marx's Life and Works
The Plan of this Book
Early Writings Introduction
Religion
The Philosophy of Historical Materialism
Labour and Alienation
Money and Credit
Liberalism
Emancipation
Class, History, and Capital Class
History
The Economics of Capitalism
The Transition to Communism
The Nature of Communism
Assessment Introduction
Early Writings
Theory of History
Economics
Communism
Human Nature
Conclusion
Guide to References and Further Reading

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