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Marx and Ethics Hardcover – March 16, 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0198244967 ISBN-10: 0198244967

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 16, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198244967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198244967
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,675,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A relatively short, easy to read, interesting, and well-organized introduction to the issues surrounding the question of ethics and Marx....An important contribution to Marxian analysis."--Contemporary Sociology

"This book is a noteworthy and...stimulating contribution to our understanding of Marx's ethical thought."--International Studies in Philosophy

"Renewed evidence of the conceptual precision and analytical self-awareness that have enriched the study of Marx during the past decade....A distinguished contribution...a thoughtful and focused treatment of his subject."--Times Literary Supplement

"The earnestness of Kain's inquiry and the readiness to look for Marx's answers in different contexts is appealling."--Science and Society

"Kain's book is an exegetical study of Marx's developing views of the role of ethics in society, and of Marx's own moral judgements...solidly presented."--Times Higher Education Supplement

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Philip J. Kain is at Santa Clara University, California. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John C. Landon on December 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
This work on Marx and ethics uncovers, by hypothesis, three stages to Marx's development, and clarifies considerably the sudden discontinuity in his thinking in the period of _German Ideology_. The early Marx propounds a synthesis of Aristotle and Kant, and then we are in the midst of the abolition of morality. A more complex, perhaps ambiguous, ethical stance then appears in the later work. The confusions of these three men has been considerable.
Many critics berate Marx's claims on science, then preach against his lack of an ethic, in some garbled version of this thinking. The poignant truth would seem that the disposition toward science in the disillusion with Hegelianism, and the encounter with political economy, drove an approach to 'value-free science' that foretells the flaw in most so-called social science. There is something both profound and tragic in this triple stage pilgrimmage, though one must wonder if the very gesture toward science did not maim the beautiful and better starting point that was transmogrified in the reckoning of hypocritical Kantian categorial ethics and Ricardian brutal cynicism, that laid the groundwork for the whole system. A very engaging study.
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