Philip J. Kain

in Marx and Ethics

Published in print March 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239321
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679896 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks


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This book discusses the views of Karl Marx regarding ethics and the shifts and development in those views, with the goal of resolving one of the major recent debates over the nature of the ethical views of the later Marx. It argues that Marx's later writings are the culmination of a development, and that the later Marx is the more interesting and valuable. The shifts in Marx's thought are evident in his concept of ethics and morality as well as his theory of revolution. These shifts and developments are presented in a very different way from Louis Pierre Althusser. The book also refutes the notion that the later Marx is an anti-humanist. In fact, later Marx is a humanist and his humanism is an outgrowth of, but different from, the humanism of his early writings.

Keywords: Karl Marx; ethics; humanism; Louis Pierre Althusser; morality; theory of revolution

Chapter.  5819 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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