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The World of Karl Marx Capitalism and the Enlightenment Legacy
The World of Karl Marx

Marx’s working life was spent analyzing, criticizing, and attacking capitalism theoretically and politically. In order to understand his social thought, it is important that we learn what capitalism is, his personal background, and his intellectual influences. This opening chapter will begin with a section that provides a more detailed presentation on capitalism. Next will be a brief consideration of why Marx’s ideas can still be regarded as important. Third, there will be a discussion of the general themes of this book. Fourth, there will be a consideration of Marx’s place within intellectual history, in particular his relationship to the Enlightenment. The fifth section will be a brief biography of his ...

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