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Alienation as a Theory of History

Peter Singer.

in Marx

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Political Theory; Social and Political Philosophy. 1936 words.

How did Marx come to his materialist theory of history? Marx thought that practical human activity was needed to solve theoretical problems. ‘Alienation as a Theory of History’ examines how...

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An Assessment

Peter Singer.

in Marx

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Political Theory; Social and Political Philosophy. 3857 words.

If Marx did not make scientific discoveries about economics and society, what did he achieve? Is his system just a historical curiosity? ‘An Assessment’ looks at what elements of Marx's...

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Communism

Peter Singer.

in Marx

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Political Theory; Social and Political Philosophy. 2603 words.

What kind of society did Marx hope would take the place of capitalism? The answer is simple: communism. ‘Communism’ considers exactly what Marx meant by communism, which is very difficult...

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Conclusion

in Hobbes

May 2002; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy; Political Theory. 1026 words.

Hobbes's reputation was paradoxical. He was hostile to dogmatism of every kind, yet he was seen as a brusque dogmatist. He was hostile to the intellectual authorities of the churches, but...

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Culture, music, and the corruption of morals

in Rousseau

August 2001; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy; Political Theory. 6489 words.

‘Culture, music and the corruption of morals’ addresses the causes and indicators of the corruption into which Rousseau believed man had fallen. In his first Discourse, he set out a link...

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Economics

Peter Singer.

in Marx

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Political Theory; Social and Political Philosophy. 4936 words.

Marx's masterpiece was Capital. Here he presented his economic theories. ‘Economics’ traces how Marx came to his economic ideas, going back to 1844. The aim of Capital was to dispel any...

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Enter the Proletariat

Peter Singer.

in Marx

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Political Theory; Social and Political Philosophy. 995 words.

In 1844, Marx published an article called ‘Towards a Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right: Introduction’. The critique remained unfinished, but the ‘Introduction’ stands as a milestone...

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The First Marxism

Peter Singer.

in Marx

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Political Theory; Social and Political Philosophy. 2119 words.

Two important ideas, that economics is the chief form of human alienation and that the material force needed to liberate humanity lies in the working class, had now been formed. ‘The First...

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From God to Money

Peter Singer.

in Marx

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Political Theory; Social and Political Philosophy. 1172 words.

The adaption of Hegel's method into a weapon against religion happened with the help of Ludwig Feuerbach. ‘From God to Money’ considers how Hegel's ideas were transformed into the seeds of...

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The Goal of History

Peter Singer.

in Marx

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Political Theory; Social and Political Philosophy. 3315 words.

According to Marx, it is the powers of production, or the ‘productive forces’, which give rise to relations of production, and these relations constitute the economic structure of society....

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