On Marx: Revolutionary and Utopian

Alan Ryan captures both the philosophical complexities and the practical limits of the political thought of Karl Marx, a man whose revolutionary ideas held sway over not just the lives of millions living in Communist countries but also a generation of academics and intellectuals Ryan examines Marx s writing, not within the framework of Lenin or Tolstoy, but within its ownAlan Ryan captures both the philosophical complexities and the practical limits of the political thought of Karl Marx, a man whose revolutionary ideas held sway over not just the lives of millions living in Communist countries but also a generation of academics and intellectuals Ryan examines Marx s writing, not within the framework of Lenin or Tolstoy, but within its own time, tracing its Hegelian roots and providing a sterling explication and critique of his theories of alienation, class struggle, and revolution Placing Marx into the framework of everyday politics is never easy, but this one volume provides the clearest, most accessible introduction to Marx s theories in recent years Excerpted here are The Communist Manifesto, The Eighteenth Brumaire Louis Napoleon, Critique of the Gotha Programme, and Civil War in France.
On Marx Revolutionary and Utopian Alan Ryan captures both the philosophical complexities and the practical limits of the political thought of Karl Marx a man whose revolutionary ideas held sway over not just the lives of millions liv

  • Title: On Marx: Revolutionary and Utopian
  • Author: AlanRyan
  • ISBN: 9780871407931
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “On Marx: Revolutionary and Utopian”

    1. A solid introduction to Marx. I am already familiar with the subject, so reading this at times was sort of tedious. Nevertheless, I would definitely recommend it.

    2. A clear concise look at the philosophy of Karl Marx, looking at his life and influences and leaving out discussion of Lenin, the Soviet Union and what else happened years after his death. This book contains a chronology of Marx's life, an informative introduction by the author, a brief look at Marx's life and excerpts of Marx's writings throughout his lifetime. It is fascinating to me how his philosophy caught on even though he didn't ever say how society would transform into his ideal communist [...]

    3. This is the second book by this author I've had the good fortune to review, and like the first one (On Augustine), it has a permanent place in my library.It was well written and engaging. I enjoyed the way he dismantled Marx's entire pillar by attacking the weak foundation - ie, not taking human nature into account, it being something inherent to our species and thus not overcomeable. John Dalberg-Acton nailed our species correctly when he said, "Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutel [...]

    4. This book was very vivid in vocabulary and complexity, but the fluency was tedious and hard to understand. I would recommend this to anyone though, due to its impact on our lives and around the world. Ages: 15+.

    5. A brief critique including some complete texts of Marx' well known writings. Ryan's academese tended to make my eyes glaze over, but still worth the read.

    6. An interesting little book covering some segments of Marx's works and his beliefs. Of course what he wrote was dependent on Engels and his family.

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