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This is a distillation in under 60 pages of some of the main currents in Marx s thought, particularly in regard to his concept of freedom It is not an introduction to Marx as some reviewers seem to think. (((Read Epub))) ☛ Marx: The Great Philosophers ↴ First published inRoutledge is an imprint of Taylor Francis, an informa company My rating of this work was not based on my opinion on Marx or his thought That would simply be wrong thing to do After all, Marx didn t wrote this book, and even though it contains many of his quotes, it is in fact intellectual work of T Eagleton, and it should ONLY be rated in that context This book, as a work of Eagleton on the theme of Marx s thought, has some presuposed goals In reviewing and rating it, one should simply put in his sume did the book live up to this expectations, did it My rating of this work was not based on my opinion on Marx or his thought That would simply be wrong thing to do After all, Marx didn t wrote this book, and even though it contains many of his quotes, it is in fact intellectual work of T Eagleton, and it should ONLY be rated in that context This book, as a work of Eagleton on the theme of Marx s thought, has some presuposed goals In reviewing and rating it, one should simply put in his sume did the book live up to this expectations, did it accomplish it s primary goal And what would that goals be Well, to briefly analyse core of the Marx s philosophy and explain it to the reader who is not so well familiar with this themes The book is clearly intended as an introduction to laymen, not as in depth analysis for experts.And the book simply didn t suceed in that primary goals One would thought that dense book of small volume would explain some of the Marx s problematics to the laymenappropriately, but that is not the case, and this book is in it s many aspects confusing, mainly for it s brief form But, not only, because of that I have some problems even with the terminology used in it as a translation of Marx s terms Many of terms used in this book are highly confusing, not straight forward in meaning, and simply demand some pre knowledge on Marx s discourse, so the book misses it s primary function as a read for laymen.It has some good ideas, and opens some good questions in dealing with problematic spots of Marx s doctrine, but even if some good thought arises in this work, it is never elaborated, but simply mentioned in one brief line of text.In conclusion, I read books about Marxs that were muchintimidating in their appearence, but much muchuseful in introducing his thought to common man or a student Though a very short book, I have been reading this over a period of months b c it is small enough to carry in my pocket when I go to an appointment where I might have to wait awhile.Why read a book on Marx now This was written 20 years ago, but several years after the fall of Communism So this does make the obvious point that the communism that fell was not what Marx had in mind It remains an open question whether what Marx did have in mind is still possible Of course he was no visionary Though a very short book, I have been reading this over a period of months b c it is small enough to carry in my pocket when I go to an appointment where I might have to wait awhile.Why read a book on Marx now This was written 20 years ago, but several years after the fall of Communism So this does make the obvious point that the communism that fell was not what Marx had in mind It remains an open question whether what Marx did have in mind is still possible Of course he was no visionary he was not committed to any details about what the ultimate ideal society would look like, so much as that it would be the outcome of a certain process He certainly got the timing wrong the last 100 years went nothing like he imagined But that the capitalistic forces that he invoked are still at work in the direction he imagined, with much the consequences that he imagined, can t really be doubted We just don t know whether there is some collapse in the cards that capitalism can t avoid, or what might come afterwards if it did collapse So there is work to do separating what in Marx was mistaken and what remains interesting Nevertheless, the label of Marxism is not one that will gain much traction in the modern world Look what trouble Bernie had even with socialism So I do not see much future in invoking Marx, and I think academics who do so areinterested in the shock value than the practical worth This account of Marx by Eagleton hits the high points in an engaging fashion, emphasizing their humanistic aspects Not a bad read for the waiting room An extremely brief summary of Marx s philosophy According to Eagleton, Marx largely succeeded in pointing the way towards a future where each individual will be able to realize the full expression of their humanity Marx, nevertheless, was neither a fantasist nor a moralist his historical materialism grew from and recognized the centrality of the contingent material conditions from which it emerged while also giving appropriate credit to the progressive qualities of the industrial bourgeoisie An extremely brief summary of Marx s philosophy According to Eagleton, Marx largely succeeded in pointing the way towards a future where each individual will be able to realize the full expression of their humanity Marx, nevertheless, was neither a fantasist nor a moralist his historical materialism grew from and recognized the centrality of the contingent material conditions from which it emerged while also giving appropriate credit to the progressive qualities of the industrial bourgeoisie Eagleton suggests that Marx might be open to some critique from an environmentalist perspective but otherwise I read this modest offering as an endorsement of much that Marx had to offer I think I agree, too, inasmuch as I am resolved to continue plowing through the second half of Capital Vol 1 A very short book a day s reading However, while Eagleton obviously knows his stuff, and presents a very knowledgeable and sympathetic portrait of Marx s ideas, it is not especially accessible or systematic The book readslike the observations of the author on selected points than an introduction Those looking for the latter should seek out Peter Singer s very short introduction to Marx, which is excellent and longer.Gareth Southwell is a philosopher, writer and illustrator A very short book a day s reading However, while Eagleton obviously knows his stuff, and presents a very knowledgeable and sympathetic portrait of Marx s ideas, it is not especially accessible or systematic The book readslike the observations of the author on selected points than an introduction Those looking for the latter should seek out Peter Singer s very short introduction to Marx, which is excellent and longer.Gareth Southwell is a philosopher, writer and illustrator Supposed to be an introduction Or so I thought considering that it is barely like 60 or 80 pages long But Eagleton jumps right off the deep end talking about Marx as though he were talking to someone who already knew what all these topics were But at the same time, he talks about them in an overview sort of way I have no idea who he was writing this for honestly, reads like an overview written for someone who already has a good understanding of marx Probably useless to most people. What is great about this book is that it shows the development of Marx s ideas and therefore pays due respect to the early writing such as the Economic and Philosophic manuscripts 1844. More a pamphlet than a booknot at all the Introduction to Marx that I was expecting A real good introduction to Marxism Even a person with very little background of history and philosophy, will find this book very useful in understanding Marxism.