Marx: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback Book

Marx: A Very Short Introduction Paperback

Part of the Very Short Introductions series

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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. He explains alienation, historical materialism, the economic theory of Capital, and Marx's ideas of communism, in plain English, and concludes with an assessment of Marx's legacy.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128 pages, halftones
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Western philosophy, from c 1900 -
  • ISBN: 9780192854056

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If "Marx: a Very Short Introduction" were any shorter, it'd be a pamphlet, so I wasn't really planning to review this one. Furthermore, Its author is mostly known for his rather radical notions about animal rights and charitable giving. I'm writing a review, though, because this little book pleasantly surprised me. It provides a plainspoken history of Marx's influences and ideas and aptly describes his theory's strengths and failures. It's perfect for students preparing to wade into heavy theory, readers curious to figure out how Marx's ideas relate to the history of modernity, or general readers wanting to know more about a name that still pops up regularly in writings connected with a number of different academic fields. This one is short, to the point, and recommended.

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A must read introduction to Marx. If you haven't read a good introduction to Marx, and especially if you want a very short one, this one's for you. Recommended to anyone interested in economics, sociology, history and philosophy (to name a few).