Marx: A Very Short Introduction

Marx: A Very Short Introduction

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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. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 106.68 x 162.56 x 10.16mm | 113.4g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • halftones
  • 0192854054
  • 9780192854056
  • 24,419

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"I always recommend that undergraduates should read Singer's book to get an overview. I find it a very useful introduction: succinct and sophisticated."--Professor Diana Coole, University of California, Irvine"[An] excellent brief presentation of Marx and his teachings, written with clarity and conciseness; up-to-date in its sources, dispassionate in its approach to [Marx] and balanced in its assessment."--Peter McConville, University of San Francisco"Clear, concise, insightful, and even-handed."--Susan Armstrong-Buck, Humboldt State University

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About Peter Singer

Peter Singer is Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. He is best known for his books Animal Liberation and his other books include Practical Ethics, Rethinking Life and Death, and How are we to Live?.

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It is indeed a very short introduction, but nonetheless is a good read. If you are like me and have had trouble deciphering the somewhat elusive and esoteric language of Karl Marx you will find this book to be of great help. It is worth remembering that the book is scarcely over a hundred post card sized pages, and it is not intended to be a comprehensive guide. It explains the ideas of Marx as they emerged and changed throughout the course of his lifetime and also passes comment on how his views have come to manifest in the twentieth more
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