How to Read Karl Marx

How to Read Karl Marx

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Author: Ernst Fischer
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Frank Marek/Anna Bostock/John Bellamy Foster
Publisher: Aakar Books
Year: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 192
ISBN/UPC (if available): 81-89833-41-3


Karl Marx's reputation as one of the most influential thinkers of all time is unassailable. Yet for any one attempting to study Marx's thought under present circumstances, two problems arise immediately present themselves. First, Marx is an easy read. His analysis is frequently complex, and his way of thinking foreign to those who have internalized the values and logic of this society.

over the last 150 years, his name has been invoked in connection with everything from unemployment insurance to Hollywood to guerrilla wars Any number of international movements have claimed his teachings as their inspiration. Time after time, authorities have proclaimed the death of Marx's theories while new and old audiences continue to draw vital insight from the works of the most important philosopher and economist of the industrial era.

This book on Marx is far from unique in its broad interpretation. It stands out, even among the best scholarly works on Marx, in its clarity, accuracy, brevity, and straightforward intelligence.


“The Comments set Marx very much in a contemporary perspective, showing the absurdity of the verdict of obsolescence passed by modern social commentators…. I don’t know a better introduction to Marx.”
--- Martin Day, London Times


Introduction by John Bellamy Foster
Biographical Data
Author’s Foreword

1. The Dream of the whole Man
2. Creative Labor
3. Division of Labor and Alienation
4. The Fetish Character of the Commodity
5. Classes and the Class Struggle
6. Historical Materialism
7. Value and Surplus Value
8. Profit and Capital
9. The Problem of Increasing Misery
10. The Theory of Revolution
11. Dictatorship of the Proletariat, Socialism, Communism
12. Labor Movement and International
13. The Philosophy of Practice
14. Marxism Today

Marx’s Method by Paul M. Sweezy
Marx’s Starting Point: Theses on Feuerbach
The Base-Superstructure Metaphor: from Preface to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy
The Philosophy of History : form the Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte