Marx: A Guide for the Perplexed

Marx: A Guide for the Perplexed

Paperback Guides for the Perplexed

By (author) John Seed

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  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 214mm x 16mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 24 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0826493351
  • ISBN 13: 9780826493354
  • Sales rank: 398,962

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This book provides a concise and coherent overview of Marx, ideal for undergraduates who require more than just a simple introduction to his work and thought. Covering the full range of Marx's works and ideas, introducing all the key concepts and themes in Marxism, this book is an invaluable aid to study.It is widely acknowledged that Karl Marx was one of the most original and influential thinker of modern times. His thought has inspired some of the most important political movements of the past century and still today has the power to arouse controversy today."Marx: A Guide for the Perplexed" is a clear and thorough account of Marx's thought, his major works and theories, providing an ideal guide to the important and complex ideas of this key thinker. The book introduces all the key Marxist concepts and themes and examines the ways in which they have influenced philosophical and political thought. Geared towards the specific requirements of students who need to reach a sound understanding of Marx's thought, the book provides a cogent and reliable survey of some of the most important debates surrounding his often controversial ideas.This is the ideal companion to the study of this most influential and challenging of thinkers. "Continuum's Guides for the Perplexed" are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers can find especially challenging - or indeed downright bewildering. Concentrating specifically on what it is that makes the subject difficult to grasp, these books explain and explore key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of demanding material.

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Author information

Martin McIvor is a Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. He is editor of the journal Historical Materialism and co-organises the Marx and Philosophy Society.

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"In a field not noted for lucid exposition, John Seed brings Marx's thought to life in a beautifully written text which puts us back in touch with one of the formative thinkers of the modern world. It is not only a guide for the perplexed, but a significant contribution to the study of Marx." - John Tosh, Roehampton University, UK

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. A Philosophical Radical; 3. The Critique of Liberalism; 4. Humanism and Beyond; 5. The History of Production; 6. The Bourgeois Epoch; 7. The Future of Capitalism; 8. The World of Commodities; 9. Accumulation and Crisis; 10. Conclusion: Time for Revolution?; Chronology of key events and texts; Further Reading.