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Karl Marx

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Gareth Stedman Jones returns Karl Marx to his nineteenth-century world, before later inventions transformed him into Communism’s patriarch and fierce lawgiver. He shows how Marx adapted the philosophies of Kant, Hegel, Feuerbach, and others into ideas that would have—in ways inconceivable to Marx—an overwhelming impact in the twentieth century.

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Aug 29, 2016 – Jones, professor of the history of ideas at Queen Mary University of London, demystifies many elements of Karl Marx's life in this clear-eyed biography of the founding theorist of communism. In Jones's well-drawn portrait, Marx is an unappealing figure: self-absorbed, anti-Semitic (despite his Jewish ancestry), racist, and perpetually demanding money from relatives and friends to keep up bourgeois pretensions beyond his means. His redeeming features are his devotion to his wife, Jenny (though many believe he was the father of their housekeeper's son), and a commanding air. Jones concentrates on Marx the thinker, situating him in the context of 19th-century German idealist philosophy though the author's exegesis of Marx's philosophy is not always clear, perhaps unavoidably given the obscurity of Marx's ruminations and the factional infighting of those involved in contemporary radical politics. Jones's criticism of Marx's philosophy is sharp but balanced. He credits Marx with a telling journalistic expos of capitalism's excesses, but highlights gaps and contradictions in Marx's economic theories. Jones also argues that Marx's class analysis sprang from philosophical obsessions with statehood, citizenship, religion, and authentic being and systematically misunderstood the true circumstances and ambitions of workers. Jones's sophisticated, scholarly prose is not always easy to read, but he does clear up some of the mythology surrounding this controversial icon and his thinking. Maps & illus.
Karl Marx
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  • Category: History
  • Published: Oct 03, 2016
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Seller: Harvard University Press
  • Print Length: 720 Pages
  • Language: English
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