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Karl Marx (Arguments of the Philosophers) Hardcover – April 8, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0415316972 ISBN-10: 0415316979 Edition: 2nd

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Allen Wood is Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University. His previous publications include Kant's Moral Religion (1970), Kant's Rational Theology (1978), Hegel's Ethical Thought (1990), and Kant's Ethical Thought (1999).
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Product Details

  • Series: Arguments of the Philosophers
  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (April 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415316979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415316972
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,735,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Old Wise Man on July 6, 2007
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Wood delves deep into Marxist thought in an effort to find the truth of Marx's thought. Marx is defended by Wood from many common, and more commonly erroneous, interpretations of Marxist thought that has surfaced in the many years since Marx's thoughts became influential.
"Karl Marx" is a very well structured book, with the structure revolving around five major topics of Marx's work; alienation, historical materialism, Marx's thought on morality, philosophical materialism and the dialectical method.
As one of the most respected works on Marx's philosophical thought, you expect an in-depth, concise and authoritative book, and this is exactly what you get.
This book is very heavy in the philosophical content, if you haven't read much of Marx, then you will probably get bogged down in this advanced work, so there are probably easier-to-follow books out there to start on.

Overall this is a remarkable book, advanced and authoritative, it should be a prerequisite for anyone interested in a proper understanding of Marxism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Kevin Hill on February 4, 2014
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This tremendously helpful book in effect focuses on the period of the 1840s, and thus gives us a younger, more philosophical Marx. One of the surprises I recall when I first read it was realizing how very similar at the deepest level Marx and, yes, Ayn Rand, were. Shocking, no? An adequate reckoning with Marx overall would require both more historical contextualizing, something perhaps best accomplished with Kolakowski's magisterial "Main Currents of Marxism," and then something that addresses Marxian economics head-on (which this book does not). I'm inclined to think that Marx's philosophical anthropology, and his research program for historical explanation ("historical materialism") are far more promising than the actual application of these to the understanding of capitalism, or his own economic theories. Reading this book would go some distance towards disentangling these levels, which casual readers sympathetic and unsympathetic tend to run together.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Marie Ng on May 2, 2002
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Wood's review of Marx's theories is best summed up by the question of whether the German philosopher was just that. Certainly he obtained a doctorate in the field, but Wood contends that Marx was a commentator on the settings of the society in which he lived. Though the text is verbose at times, it is a good review of Marx's material in light of this unusual thesis. It examines in detail the early theory of alienation, though it considers the idea too vague to be of much use as it was originally composed. Commenting on Marx's other theories, Wood introduces once again his idea that Marx had no moral compuncture, contrary to commonly-held opinion. The difference between moral and non-moral lies in its ability to be quantified, nothing else. Ideas such as these pervade the text, cauing the reader to address his own perceptions of Marx. Not for the unitiated or shallow of mind.
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2 of 29 people found the following review helpful By John M. Brady on November 30, 2012
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This book is preaching to the choir that is singing out of tune. Marxism is a failed political system e.g. Stalin and the gulags. And a failed economic system. When Kruschev came to America in the 1960's and pounded his shoe at the UN and said we will bury you, his wife went to an American grocery store and broke down in tears. Regan's "star war" brought down the Soviets by showing them they didn't stand a chance. They finally decided to put their money on a different horse.

Unfortunately for us these academic philosopher-kings can't stifel their social engineering projects.

"Professor" Wood has a way with words. Too bad he has not much useful to pop-off about.
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