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Karl Marx

This quote appears in Marx's 1859 work A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy. What Marx means by this statement, which is central to his philosophical construct, is that economics,...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021, 11:54 am (UTC)

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Your answer to this will depend in part on your own ideas, but I am happy to provide some thoughts to help get you started! Although his ideas are still widely debated around the world, there is no...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2021, 11:40 am (UTC)

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Marx's point is that philosophy has not been used to practical ends. Though philosophers produce abstract ideas about the world, people do not adapt these abstractions into making practical changes...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2019, 12:53 pm (UTC)

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If Karl Marx were alive today, he would still say that the working class is exploited in industrial societies today. Marx would start by looking at truly industrial economies like the one in China....

Latest answer posted November 18, 2012, 4:06 am (UTC)

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Social stratification is a form of inequality that occurs due to the inherent differences between human beings and can be determined by race, gender, age, and economic capacity among other...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2015, 10:06 am (UTC)

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Marx's ideas mainly impacted on people after the Industrial Revolution, when industrial capitalism had reached an advanced stage. Nevertheless, the Industrial Revolution was crucial for the...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2018, 7:08 am (UTC)

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For Marx and Engels the notion of class struggle is the key to understanding history. At all stages of history, they argue, there have been power struggles of one sort or another between social...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2019, 10:30 am (UTC)

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Karl Marx describes alienation as an objective reality and a sense of disconnect from aspects of the self. This disconnect is brought about by the conditions of labor present in a capitalist...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2019, 12:39 pm (UTC)

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Marxism is a way of examining and critiquing the socio-economic conditions and class status. It promotes a transition to a more egalitarian arrangement based primarily on the following observations...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2020, 4:06 pm (UTC)

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To understand whether Marxist theory of social development is relevant to Africa's sustainable development, one first has to know what this theory is. Essentially, Marxian theory views social...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2020, 7:51 pm (UTC)

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Marx analyzed the class relations in a capitalist economy and how workers are inherently exploited under a capitalist system. According to Marx, workers labor for a set wage and the boss, who does...

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Marx believed that history determines consciousness. In other words, the things we think and do are determined by our social and economic institutions. This includes all of culture. Therefore, all...

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In simplest form in Marxist theory, the following is held to be true: There are two basic classes in society: the owners of the means of production, called the capitalists or the bourgeoisie, and...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2019, 4:20 pm (UTC)

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In the most interesting of ways, Marx would reject the calls for a utopic society. He would dismiss them because they lacked his full throated embrace of the dialectical process that he borrowed...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2012, 7:14 pm (UTC)

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According to Marxist theory there are two components of capitalist society: base and superstructure. The base compromises the economic forces as well as the relations of production, that is to say...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2018, 2:04 pm (UTC)

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Marx's quote about the relationship that people have towards their past reflects some very keen insight. In order to fully envision this understanding, expanding on the quote might be helpful: In...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2015, 2:44 am (UTC)

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After the Revolution, and after the Worker's Paradise of each according to his ability, each according to his need been established, eventually the instruments of government, or ruling class, would...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2009, 9:48 am (UTC)

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Karl Marx regards alienation as an inescapable part of capitalism, an economic system which forces labor upon workers. In turn, workers may feel disconnected from labor that seems pointless and...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2022, 2:08 pm (UTC)

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Karl Marx

In this statement, Karl Marx puts forth the essential ideals of his philosophy: it is not enough to simply study and analyze the world as it is; instead, one must make deliberate attempts to change...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2012, 11:33 pm (UTC)

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In "The Premises of the Materialist Method" from Marx's The German Ideology, he writes that "the first premise of all human history is, of course, the existence of living human individuals." He...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2015, 3:35 pm (UTC)

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Marx posited that the industrial revolution fundamentally changed the relationship between worker and output, or the end result of their work, thus alienating them from their work, their community,...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2019, 4:05 pm (UTC)

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In Marxist thought, the base of a society consists of its means of production, material assets, and the classes of people who produce and consume things (described by Marxists as the "relations of...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2019, 4:58 pm (UTC)

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To formulate a thesis in response to this question, we must first understand what Marx meant by "alienation." For Marx, alienation was a multi-faceted phenomenon that occurred as a result of the...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2020, 3:08 pm (UTC)

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Marxism argues that how societies understand history, society, and the arts is determined by the ruling class. In our society, the ruling class is the small capitalist group that owns the means of...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2020, 1:27 pm (UTC)

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The question is somewhat complicated as it depends on what you mean by "create" and your definition of communism. Foucault, in his frequently cited essay, "What is an Author?", talks about...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2016, 10:28 pm (UTC)

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The main difference between the explanations of inequality offered by John Rawls and Marx and Engels is that the latter viewed it as the consequence of the rise of the bourgeoisie at the expense of...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2018, 4:27 pm (UTC)

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For Marx, simple reproduction is an economic condition that calls for the repetition of capitalist patterns of recognition. It is a condition that Marx believes defines the essence of why...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2012, 1:07 pm (UTC)

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I think that the interest in this kind of conflict for the Marxist would be at what point the "middle class" decides to demand their own share of the means of production. This conflict will bring...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2012, 11:46 pm (UTC)

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The first thing to keep in mind, when discussing this quote, is that Marxist philosophy is ultimately grounded in an atheistic vision of the universe. For Marx, religion is ultimately a human...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2019, 5:27 pm (UTC)

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Marx and Engels view history primarily as the story of class struggle. The bourgeois class owns the means of production and employs the proletarian class to do the work. The interests of these two...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2021, 5:14 am (UTC)

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In his "Theses on Feuerbach," Marx argued that Ludwig Feuerbach had not sufficiently grasped the implications of materialism, in particular the role of human action. Feuerbach, one of Marx's fellow...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2013, 12:27 am (UTC)

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Social justice can be defined as giving all people in society a fair share of equality, dignity, opportunity, education, and material resources. Marx was a materialist, meaning he was chiefly...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2018, 11:39 am (UTC)

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Materialism in the sense in which it is used to describe the works of Karl Marx means that his philosophical writings assume purely material and naturalistic causes for phenomena, grounded in the...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2018, 3:12 am (UTC)

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Karl Marx

Karl Marx was a very influential thinker because he had a very provocative idea at a time that was ripe for that idea to take hold. Marx wrote his most important works in the late 1840s, the 1850s,...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2015, 5:16 pm (UTC)

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For Marx, economic equality would not simply consist of what we have in a capitalist system which is (ideally) the equality of economic opportunity. Instead, there would be equality of economic...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2012, 4:21 pm (UTC)

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For Marx and Engels, their belief in the inevitable destruction of capitalism is their vision of it as a "runaway train." Their critique of industrialized capitalism is rooted in the idea that...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2013, 11:20 am (UTC)

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The original question had to be edited. I would suggest that Marx would suggest that the presence of globalization would enhance much of his theoretical underpinnings. Marx made the argument that...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2013, 5:51 am (UTC)

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Karl Marx became famous when a work he wrote with his friend Friedrich Engels called the "The Communist Manifesto" was published in 1848. The pamphlet, commissioned in 1847 by the newly created...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2018, 12:19 pm (UTC)

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While not opposing industrialization, as to do so would have been folly, Karl Marx did view the Industrial Revolution as furthering the alienation of the working classes from the society for which...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2015, 3:16 am (UTC)

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This is a broad question. In a general sense, Marxist theory refers to the ideas of Karl Marx and socialism in a variety of domains. The driving force behind Marxist theory is to be able to to...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2010, 2:43 am (UTC)

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Marxists argue that the family benefits the ruling class firstly by reinforcing the structure of Capitalist, patriarchal society. The family has a hierarchy, with the father at the top, and this...

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Marx's philosophy is called historical materialism because it studied how the material situation of a society affected human development throughout history. Marx looked at the ways in which...

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Marx expected to see social stratification based on greed in capitalist society. One of the principles of Marx and Engel's work was that economics determine how a society is structured. In other...

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Karl Marx

Marx's theory of history can be best described as one based on dialectical materialism. This notion of history is one where historical progression is defined by "material existence and by the...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2013, 1:07 am (UTC)

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Karl Marx

Marx posited an iron-clad theory of history in which the workers would inevitably rise up against the ownership class in society (what we might call the one percent), overthrow it through a...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019, 2:32 pm (UTC)

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According to Marx, culture, and therefore the arts, springs out of the economic system. In other words, the primary way a particular society earns its living will be celebrated in its arts. For...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2019, 7:53 pm (UTC)

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Marx argues that communism is not just desirable, but inevitable. We may not know precisely when it will arrive, but we can be absolutely certain that it will do eventually, and that when it does...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2020, 6:19 am (UTC)

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Karl Marx speaks about freedom is several of his texts, stating that freedom is only truly possible through community. The German Ideology, written in collaboration with Friedrich Engels in 1846,...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2018, 9:40 pm (UTC)

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The ideas of Karl Marx include both descriptive ones (based on evidence) and prescriptive ones (solutions for the problems he describes). While description is grounded in historical and...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2012, 2:04 am (UTC)

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The concept of materialism is important to the definition of Marx's vision of history because it helps to provide the basic elements of who has wealth and who lacks it. For Marx, history has been...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2011, 9:27 pm (UTC)

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