How does Marx understand human history and the future of human societies
Answer these questions, super easy for political thought class please read the directions carefully though
There are very many documentaries on Marx. It’s hard to find one that sticks with Marx and is free of critique or ideological praise. This one seems to strike a middle road, at least more than the rest.)
2. Read the rest of the material from Karl Marx in your book, i.e., 169-180. (You should have the whole section, pages 158-180, by Thursday.)
3. Address the following questions in one (full) to two, single-spaced pages of clear, focused prose:
– How does Marx understand human history and the future of human societies?
– What is “Utopian socialism” and how does Marx’s theory differ?
4. Address in one single-spaced page one of the following?
– Is Marx’s political philosophy “scientific”?
– What is helpful in Marx’s analysis and of western society in an industrial age and capitalist “system”? Dangerous?
This week we will look at a contemporary of Karl Marx, Alexander Herzen. He was neither a conservative preserver of traditional order (such as Burke perhaps) or a revolutionary thinker like Marx or Engels. You can read a bit about him on pages 182-183. Those of you with more chutzpah will want more, however. There is plenty about him on the interwebs, but if you want a quasi-Oxford lecture experience, you should listen to Isaiah Berlin’s lecture on this most interesting man: https://youtu.be/
Your second assignment is to read an excerpt from what is universally regarded as a classic description of the early American republic and handbook (a very large one) for thinking about life in a free society—Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. Here is a very brief, animated overview of the book: https://youtu.be/
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