Part of the SAGE Social Thinkers series, this brief and clearly–written book provides a concise introduction to the work, life, and influences of Karl Marx, one of the most revered, reviled, and misunderstood figures in modern history. The book serves as an excellent introduction to the full range of Marx’s major themes—alienation, economics, social class, capitalism, communism, materialism, environmental sustainability—and considers the extent to which they are relevant today. It is ideal for use as a self-contained volume or in conjunction with other sociological theory textbooks.
The World of Karl Marx Capitalism and the Enlightenment Legacy
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 ...