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OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
07 March 2018
Philosophy; Marxism & Communism
Karl Marx is one of the most influential philosophers of all time, whose theories have shaped and directed political, economic, and social thought for 150 years. Considering Marx's life and impact, renowned philosopher Peter Singer identifies the central vision that unifies Marx's thought, enabling us to grasp Marx's views as a whole. Presenting Marx as a philosopher primarily concerned with human freedom, rather than as an economist or a social scientist, Singer explains Marx's key ideas on alienation, historical materialism, and the economic theory of Capital, in plain English.

In this new edition, Singer explores whether Marx remains relevant to the twenty first century, and if so, how. Does the fact that eight billionaires now own as much as the bottom half of the world's population give support to Marxist thinking? Does the ease with which conservative politicians can win over working class voters by appealing to nationalism undermines Marx's view of class struggle and the inevitability of victory for the proletariat? Singer ponders key questions such as these, and also discusses the place of the internet as a 'productive force' when analysed in Marxist theory. He concludes with an assessment of Marx's legacy, asking if there is any realistic prospect of replacing capitalism with a better system of production and distribution in the twenty first century.

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By:   Peter Singer (Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics Princeton University & Laureate Professor University of Melbourne)
Imprint:   OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 175mm,  Width: 114mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   137g
ISBN:   9780198821076
ISBN 10:   0198821077
Series:   Very Short Introductions
Pages:   152
Publication Date:   07 March 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1: A life and its legacy 2: The young Hegelian 3: From God to money 4: Enter the proletariat 5: The first Marxism 6: Tracing the development of the Materialist theory of history 7: The goal of history 8: Economics 9: Communism and revolution 10: Was Marx right? 11: Is Marx still relevant?Further ReadingIndex

Peter Singer is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, a position that he now combines with the position of Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne. An Australian, in 2012 he was made a Companion to the Order of Australia, his country's highest civilian honour. His books include Animal Liberation (1975; Bodley Head, 2015) Practical Ethics (1979; CUP, 2011), The Life You Can Save (Picador, 2010), and The Most Good You Can Do (Yale University Press, 2015).

Reviews for Marx: A Very Short Introduction

An admirably balanced portrait of the man and his achievement. * The Observer *


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