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Marx : a very short introduction / Peter Singer.

By: Singer, Peter, 1946-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Very short introductions: 28.Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000Edition: [Rev. ed.].Description: 108 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.ISBN: 0192854054; 9780192854056.Subject(s): Marx, Karl, 1818-1883DDC classification: 335.4/092
Contents:
Preface -- A life and its impact -- The young Hegelian -- From God to money -- Enter the Proletariat -- The first Marxism -- Alienation as a theory of history -- The goal of history -- Economics -- Communism -- An assessment.
Review: "Peter Singer has succeeded in identifying the central vision that unifies Marx's thought. He thus makes it possible, in remarkably few pages, for us to grasp Marx's views as a whole, 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."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 101-105) and index.

Preface -- A life and its impact -- The young Hegelian -- From God to money -- Enter the Proletariat -- The first Marxism -- Alienation as a theory of history -- The goal of history -- Economics -- Communism -- An assessment.

"Peter Singer has succeeded in identifying the central vision that unifies Marx's thought. He thus makes it possible, in remarkably few pages, for us to grasp Marx's views as a whole, 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."--BOOK JACKET.

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CHOICE Review

Singer (bioethics, Princeton) is an esteemed scholar, and with this volume (1st ed., 1980), he provides readers with a concise overview of Marx the man, his ideas, and his political activism. This is no easy task: Marx lived all over Europe; worked as a journalist, an organizer, a political activist, and a scholar; and produced a tremendous body of work. Singer outlines Marx's upbringing, intellectual influences, activism, and core ideas without falling into pedantry or dawdling too long on any one category. Along the way, he clears up many misunderstandings about Marx's thought and famous sayings. What makes this slim volume particularly interesting is Singer's inclusion of his own opinions of some of Marx's ideas. Many familiar with Marx's analysis of capitalism will disagree with some of Singer's interpretations, such as that Marx was wrong about capitalism's driving down wages, forcing more people into the working class or creating more severe economic crises. For Singer, perhaps because he is a philosopher, Marx offers insights into philosophy more than anything else. Though some may deem this a flaw, Singer's viewpoint makes the volume a good place to begin to understand what is at stake when studying Marx and debating his ideas. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers --Michael John Wert, Marquette University

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Peter Singer is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University. <p>

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