On Freedom and Justice: A Brief Examination of Nietzsche's Beyond Good & Evil and Marx's the Communist Manifesto
A short look at the two radical thinkers and how they transformed the way we see the world: Karl Marx and Friedrich Nietzsche.
# 6556 | 1,430 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Feb 08, 2003 in Political Science (Communism) , Political Science (Political Theory) , Philosophy (History - 19th Century) , Political Science (Marx / Engels)
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This paper shows how both Karl Marx and Friedrich Nietzsche espouse similarly uncompromising, yet completely different, criticism of their respective societies. Both Marx and Nietzsche champion radical thinking and call for extensive changes or a complete reformation of society. The writer examines both of these philosopher's views and compares them to each other.
From the Paper:"Marx follows up on Rousseau's emphasis on a society in which individuals have basic responsibilities towards each other, and thus society's role is not only to protect individual freedoms. But Marx dramatically elevates the status these societal responsibilities, thereby completely dismantling individualism. Nietzsche particularly opposes such ideas as Marx's insistence on equality and mutual responsibilities, and, it seems, is less hostile to Locke's state of nature with its emphasis on individual freedom. Marx analyzes the social structure in a lucid and helpful manner, as he raises issues that that must be addressed; however both Marx and Nietzsche, for all their criticism of the existing social order, do not provide a credible ideology on which a better society can be established."
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