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Karl Marx’s Views on Family Ethics

Karl Marx and Frederick Engels

Karl Marx devoted much of his time to the study of morality, better known as ethics. Karl Marx was a firm believer in Communism and he authored the Communist Manifesto, along with Frederick Engels. Family ethics is an issue dealt with by Karl Marx in his teachings and writings. According to Marx and his co-author, Engels, morality is the slave of interest. Moral codes and ethics are believed to be dependent on the person and relative to the social setting.[1] Ethics are discussed on a philosophical level and also in everyday controversial topic discussions or debates.

Marx was a huge supporter of freedom and believed that freedom was a result of the Communist party and its beliefs. Karl Marx had little faith in the future of Capitalism and the system of Monarchy, and he believed that once these two ideas of politics were eliminated, Communism would move in and replace the wrong thoughts instilled with Capitalism and Monarchy, and provide the world with sense and reason. Stating his feelings clearly in the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx noted that the selling point in the economy should be the people themselves, not the working labor, money, or rent from the property.[2] To supplement these theories, Marx proposes an end to the problem of men and their activities, which is to direct men’s attention on the economy so that there could be prevailing freedom. There are some discrepancies in Marx’s theories, like the question of what else has an impact on freedom. There are other issues, but the issue remains that people are unaware if freedom ethics applies to all people and how it affects the modern society.


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...roposal for the world and Communism was too far-fetched and would not work. Every time there has been a push towards Communism, it has always failed. There have been several unsuccessful attempts, all ending in a problematic dictatorship. While he did realize freedom was a major issue, he lacked in knowledge that family life was also significant.


[1] Kamenka, Eugene. Marxism and Ethics. New York: W.D. Hudson, 1969 - Pg. 4.

[2] Kamenka, Eugene. Pg. 13.

[3] Heyer, Paul. Nature, Human Nature, and Society. Greenwood Press, 1982 – Pg.126.

[4] Heyer, Paul. Pg. 125.

[5] Heyer, Paul. Pg. 127

[6] Kamenka, Eugene. Pg. 26.

[7] Kamenka, Eugene. Pg. 49.

[8] Kamenka, Eugene. Pg. 51.

[9] Koren, Henry. Marx and the Authentic Man. Pittsburgh, PA, 1967 – Pg. 33.

[10] Koren, Henry. Pg. 67.

[11] Koren, Henry. Pg. 68.

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