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In Marx: A Very Short Introduction, Peter Singer identifies the central vision that unifies Marx's thought, enabling us to grasp Marx's views as a whole. He sees him as a philosopher primarily concerned with human freedom, rather than as an economist or a social scientist. In plain English, he explains alienation, historical materialism, the economic theory of Capital, and Marx's ideas of communism, and concludes with an assessment of Marx's legacy.

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Cogent introduction

Singer writes clearly. Biographical sketch, then influences and metaphysical framework (Hegelianism, materialism via Feuerbach) and describes Marx's alienation, then the history and economic theory. Singer squints at the Hegelian stuff, moans over the lack of concrete and actionable descriptions of communism, and dismisses the materialism as hopelessly vague and overstated, but ultimately praises Marx's criticism of capitalism. Some references to subsequent manifestations of communism.

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  • Graeme
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 11-22-15

Very critical

The information is there, but this guy obviously has a bone to pick with Marx. Maybe not the best choice for a simple introduction.

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Comprehensive

A perfect summary and great collaboration of Marxs life and work, and application to real life societies.

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Not a good reader

There are a number of "A Short Introduction " books read by this reader, which is unfortunate. This is certainly not well read. Peter Singer's book is excellent, however.

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  • Barnaby
  • Dallas, TX, United States
  • 04-10-16

Succinct and brief, ideal for a refresher in philosophy

The writer's own opinions liven the retelling and actually add to the excitement of Marx's philosophy.

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Recomendadísimo. Hay demasiada claridad en el libr

Recomendadísimo. Hay demasiada claridad en el libro. El autor hace una presentación muy completa, iluminadora de Marx, su vida, su tiempo y su obra.

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Dated & Droning

Information is presented by a droning narrator. Conclusions are no longer persuasive -- much has changed since this book was written.

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  • yshoraka
  • 05-15-17

Good in description but with shortcomings in evaluation

For a short introduction, this book has described the main points of Marxism properly but it's evaluations, especially regarding the economic teachings of Marxism, are outdated and some are obviously wrong which are due to the short-sidedness of the last decades of 20th century.
For example, it can now be clearly observed that the capitalist system can't sustain high rates of profit (as we are in zero or negative interest rates era), and that the wealth gap hasn't been reduced due to rise in real wages. The situation in the latter decades of the 20th century which caused such illusions, those that the author has been also susceptible to, were more due to the massive destruction of wealth during the world wars than to any capabilities of capitalism in solving such conflicts.

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