Marx and Ethics by Philip J. Kain

Marx and Ethics

byPhilip J. Kain

Paperback | April 30, 1999

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This book traces the development of Marx's ethics as they underwent various shifts and changes during different periods of his thought. In his early writings, his ethics are based on a concept of essence much like Aristotle's which Marx tries to link to a principle of universalization similarto Kant's `categorical imperative'. In the period 1845-6 Marx abandoned this view, holding morality to be incompatible with his historical materialism. In the later writings Marx is less of a determinist, and he no longer wants to reject morality. However he does want to transcend a morality ofburdensome obligation and constraint so as to realize a community built upon spontaneous bonds of solidarity.

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Philip J. Kain is at Santa Clara University, California.

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Title:Marx and EthicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198239327

ISBN - 13:9780198239321

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This book traces the development of Marx's ethics as they underwent various shifts and changes during diffent periods of his thought.

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`This is a clear and scholarly account of Marx's position on ethics, based on a careful reading of the texts.Margaret A. Majumdar, University of Westminster, The Journal of Communist Studies