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Karl Marx
An analysis of Karl Marx's views on political philosophy.
# 114660 | 2,559 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Jun 18, 2009 in Philosophy (General) , Ethics (General) , Political Science (Marx / Engels)

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This paper examines how Karl Marx was and still is one of the most influential thinkers of his time. It looks at how his views on economics were mostly ignored during his lifetime but after his death in 1883, that all dramatically changed and how his theories on socialism resurfaced during the socialist movements in the early 1900s. This paper examines how his economical philosophy was based on three main elements, metaphysics and dialectical history, socialism over capitalism and, finally, ethics.

From the Paper:

"Karl Marx enjoyed many influences that helped create his views on political philosophy. While in France he met Friedrich Engels, who was another German social scientist and philosopher. He and Engels struck up a common interest with him in economics and class struggle. Marx's most influential mentor was by far George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. He alone had the greatest impact on Marx's views on political economics the most. After moving to France, Marx began all of his work which later earned him the titles of philosopher, political economist and political theorist. Ludwig Feuerbach was another philosopher who greatly influenced Karl Marx. Feuerbach argued that God is a creation of man and therefore the qualities of God are actually qualities of men. Agreeing with this notion, Marx thought that it is the material world that is real and that our ideas of it are consequences, not causes, of the world (MSN Encarta). "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brenkhert, George G. Marx's Ethics of Freedom. London: Routledge, 1983.
  • Fromm, Erich. Marx's Concept of Man. New York: Continuum International Publishing, 2004.
  • Mandel, Ernest. Marx's Theory of Surplus Value. 09 April 2009.
  • Marx, Karl and Friedrich Engels. The Communist Manifesto. New York: Barnes and Noble Classics, 2005.
  • Marx, Karl. Capital: Volume 1: A Critique of Politcal Economy. London: Penguin Books in association with New Left Review, 1981.

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