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Marx, Karl (Marxism and Education)

Karl Marx (1818–83) was the most influential of the socialist thinkers and a philosopher who radically altered how society and history could be viewed. Throughout his life Marx's writing centered on a critique of political economy, in which he developed an analysis of how different social classes evolved in circumstances where the people who produced goods were not the same as those who benefited from them. In terms of the capitalist societies of the 19th century, Marx referred to these classes as the proletariat, who comprised the workforce, and the bourgeoisie, who controlled the means of production and therefore exploited the labor of the proletariat. Many social theorists argue that his ideas remain critical for analyzing society today. In Marx's view of society, education is ...

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