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Marx: A Very Short Introduction

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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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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the main points of Marxism properly but it's evaluations, especially regarding the economic teachings of Marxism, are outdated and some are obviously wrong which are due to the short-sidedness of the last decades of 20th century.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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  • US Millelial
  • 03-06-2018

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
  • 22-11-2015

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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  • Vincent M. Maysee
  • 30-05-2019

excellent content!

Karl Marx is still difficult to grasp. His ideas, not all, are still valid and his observations concerning capitalism resound in the world today!

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  • Sniffles
  • 27-12-2017

Comprehensive

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

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  • Non-self
  • 18-10-2016

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
  • 10-04-2016

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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  • Carlos Mario Cortés H.
  • 09-08-2018

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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  • Sally Harrison-Pepper
  • 21-03-2014

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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  • -ZM-
  • 30-09-2020

Good introduction for the uninitiated

A worthwhile condensed introduction to Marx's biography as well as the intellectual and political climates which shaped him, and the impact of his writings and their political portent. The final chapter provides Singer's interpretation of the philosophical and historical impact of Marx, including some germane, contextual, scholarly criticism on how his writings and theories have been received, and their contributions to philosphy. As a coda to the largely biographical beginning and summary elaboration of Marx's main ideas and thought in the middle-section, it provides a nice way to round off the introduction by seeing how some of Marx's ideas have been digested and interpreted. Good starting point if you want an easily digestible academic summary on the Marx's life and the impact of his writings. However, one should note this text does not act as a wholly "objective" overview , and is at times guided by the bias of Singer'a interpretation. In his defence, his stance is nuanced enough to display a number of the (mis)interpretations of Marx's thought (including the consequences of these) and thus stimulate debate. The sedate and largely monotome voice, and the at times hair-raising and woeful non-English language pronunciations by the narrator, are jarring but can ultimately be forgiven. These performative hiccups are outweighed by the clarity of Singer' writing and overall attention to contextual detail, which will aid the monolingual among us.