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A Comparison of the Economic Philosophies of Smith, Mill, and Marx - As far back as one believes man has been on earth, said man has been driven towards building a community among its peers. Whether that is a community of hunters and gatherers who share whatever the day has brought to them in food and drink within their tribe, or a larger community which within its structure lie the inner dwellings of division of labor and societal classes. Adam Smith (18th Century), John Stuart Mill (19th Century), and Karl Marx (19th Century) are of the same cloth, but in modern terms their community is referenced as a government, and they each have their own distinct opinions on the 'drive' instilled within human nature that shape their personal economic theories....   [tags: Economics ]
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The Canadian Economy- Smith or Marx Theory? - The economic concepts that were visualized by Adam Smith and Karl Marx lead to the idea that Canada fits towards both quite well. Their concepts are reflected quite clearly in the economic situation of Canada, and the theories of both can be applied. In a way, both Marx and Smith would be pleased with the economy of Canada, as it lends to their ideas and presents a positive economy for Canadian residents. While some may argue that Canadian economy should be a bit more as their southern neighbor the United States, it is also argued that Canada’s mixed economy provides a perfect blend of corporate and government responsibility....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Nietzche and Marx's Views on Human Potential - Trying to pursue the maximum human potential mirrors the futility of counting to the largest number. Human potential is unbounded as if it were a numerical value. The moment a summit appears to be within reach, a greater one surfaces with the same unattainable glare the conquered once held. Man prides himself in dominating new heights and although the biggest number will never be counted, he will never stop counting. The limitless potential of humans stems from an instinct to continually desire more....   [tags: Philosophy] 1261 words
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Marx’s Views on Religion vs. My Own - Marx’s Views on Religion vs. My Own Karl Marx wrote that religion was, “an opiate of the people.” Although those words were not published in The German Ideology, they best describe his various views on religion. Marx wrote that there was a social relationship between the upper class or bourgeoisie and religion. The upper class that owned the means of production used religion as a tool to keep the working class or proletariat, oppressed and poor. Marx criticized that religion had so many ulterior motives that there was no actual spiritual meaning....   [tags: Psychology Religion Essays] 525 words
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The Communist Manifesto - The Communist Manifesto written by Karl Marx in 1848 is noted as one of the most influential political documents in the world. The publication of the book earned Marx the reputation of a prominent sociologist and political theorist. Despite his renown, there are many controversies concerning the ideas and concepts of communism formulated in the papers that are still heatedly debated even today. Marx (1998) opened the book with, “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.” (p.4)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Marx] 1892 words
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Marx's Account of the Relationship Between Technological and Political Change - Marx's Account of the Relationship Between Technological and Political Change "The windmill will give you a society with the feudal lord, the steam mill a society with the industrial capitalist.[1]" This quote, from Marx’s Poverty of Philosophy, shows us that there is a link in Marx’s writing between technological change, or the methods of production, and political change, or the structure of society. One of the most important concepts used by Marx to show this relationship is his idea of ‘historical materialism’ and all forms of change must be set in the context of this version of history....   [tags: Papers] 1180 words
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Marxist Thoughts and Its Application to Society - Marxist thought and its application to society has shone much light on Man’s understanding of the role of religion within his society. The roots of Marxism finds its birth from the writings of Karl Marx (1818-83) and Fredrick Engels (1820-95). The publication and writings of Marx and Engels are “highly influential both on the political and theoretical understanding of society and the role of religion within society” (Kunin, 2003: 3). It is important to first underline (briefly and simply) Marx’s main theories which he used to critique religion as a product of Man....   [tags: Sociology, Marx, Engels] 2699 words
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Can Marx's Theory of History Be Truly Scientific? - Karl Marx is one of the most influential figures in history. Since his death and the widespread distribution of his works, his legacy has affected almost everybody alive on the planet today. He has had a huge influence on the arts: Literature, art, theatre, film and even music. Peter Singer, in his book about Marx likened his impact on the world to that of Jesus or Mohammed. His biggest influence, however, has been on the world of politics. One very small example of this could be the Welfare State which exists in the UK; we owe the idea such institutions as pensions, free education, health care and social security benefits to Marx....   [tags: Philosophy] 2189 words
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Legalizing Drug Use - The arguments that I have just laid out are not perfect and they have some apparent flaws that some philosophers would strongly disagree with, while there are other arguments that some of the great philosophers would agree with. I will critique the arguments that I have just laid out using the perspective of three different philosophers who all have their own ideas of how the state should function and the role of the citizen. The three philosophers that I will use in this critique will be Karl Marx, John Stewart Mill, and John Locke....   [tags: Philosophy, Marx, Mill, Locke] 2265 words
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Communism vs. Hegelism - In the late 18th and early 19th century, revolution was on the tip of the world’s collective tongue. The French monarchy was in the process of being overthrown; there was political and civil unrest throughout Europe. In the midst of all this turmoil Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel emerged, presenting an analysis of history that would echo through the future, an understanding of the human condition, and an estimate of the end of said history and what would bring it about. This end of history would be brought about by the State, for the State’s sole purpose was to bring positive change and freedom to the individual....   [tags: Philosophy, Hegel, Marx] 1694 words
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Work, Civilization, and Realization of Humanity - Karl Marx believes that animals are not distinct from their life activity, and that what distinguishes man from animals is that he, instead of being the same as his life activity, treats his life activity only as an object of his will and consciousness. Yet private ownership of means of production (land, machine, raw material, etc.) leads to alienation of labor, which makes work as a life activity that is anti-human. Thus he advocates communism, which gives an end to alienation of labor by letting every man share the ownership of means of production....   [tags: Marx, philosophy, Freud, ] 2105 words
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Modern Life and Industrialization in Marx, Chaplin and Dickens - Solutions to Singularity and Industrialization In an attempt to propel the quality and way of life forward by means of efficiency and advancement of technology, industrialization destroys many intrinsic characteristics of society and individual that makes us unique. The good purposes that industrialization intended to set forth is often co-opt by its trade offs. Its effects therefore are diametrically opposed to its original intent. The texts Hard Times by Charles Dickens, Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Modern Times by Chaplin therefore offer critiques and "cures" to the problems of industrialization....   [tags: World Literature] 972 words
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Innovation and Knowledge - For centuries now the subject of innovation has given ground for much discussion and debate. In its wider context economic historians and sociologists have theorised and argued its contribution to economic growth and society in general, nevertheless, many have termed innovation as the ‘engine of growth.’ Therefore, to appreciate the extent of benefit that innovation can offer business this introduction begins with some of these theories. Famous names such as, Karl Marx, Joseph Schumpeter, and Nicolai Kondratieff respectively, which are seen by many as experts in their field have all, in their own manner, cited innovation and technological progress as the stimulus for economic growth....   [tags: History, Marx, Schumpeter, Kondratieff] 1755 words
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Sir Karl Popper - Sir Karl Popper Sir Karl Popper's intent in "Science: Conjectures and Refutations" from Klemke's Philosophy of Science is to fortify distinctions between the classes (and, we suppose, the quality) of intellectual discourse in his era, distinctions which were far less precise then than they are today. Popper's argument, in essence, maintains that a number of scientific theories are pseudoscientific at best, owing to the "anything goes" nature of their power to explain. The broad acceptance of such theories owes much to the satisfaction derived from their proponents in using them to justify a preferred response, whatever the data or observations truly imply....   [tags: Philosophy of Science Klemke Essays] 975 words
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Marx's Failure to Predict the Future but Its Useful Insight Into the Past - Marx's Failure to Predict the Future but Its Useful Insight Into the Past Marxism was first coined by Karl Marx (1818-1883) and Frederich Engels (1820-1895). It’s both a theory and practice based on a scientific method of thought called historical dialectal materialism, meaning there is no one clear answer to a question, instead the theory is based on a certain amount of variables that are always restricted and so most of these theories are limited. Through this historical materialism Marx and other Marxists through time have studied the development of forms of social organisation and consciousness, how they have succeeded one another in history and their interconnections with the development of the forces of production mobilised by social formations at each stage in the unfolding of history....   [tags: Papers] 2359 words
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Analysis of the Main Strengths and Weaknesses of Marx’s Sociological Thought - Analysis of the Main Strengths and Weaknesses of Marx’s Sociological Thought “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles” Marx and Engels (1967, p.67) Born in 1818, Karl Marx, using his philosophical and socialist ideas, attempted to show how conflict and struggle in social development were important in the development of a society. The works of Marx were influenced by three distinct intellectual traditions: German idealist philosophy, French socialism and British political economy....   [tags: Papers] 1663 words
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Marx’s Communist Manifesto and Conrad’s Heart of Darkness - Marx’s Communist Manifesto and Conrad’s Heart of Darkness      From social relationships to political power structures, all aspects of society were changed by the technology innovations of the industrial revolution. Manufacturing goods on a mass scale led to the development of an entirely new worker who’s success now depended on his ability to operate machines rather than his talent as a craftsman. The steam engine revolutionized modes of transportation: trains and railroads were implemented everywhere and steamboats facilitated cross-oceanic trade and exploration....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Man's Identity According to Nietszche in Comparison to Marx's and Society's Definition - Man's Identity According to Nietszche in Comparison to Marx's and Society's Definition Friedrich Nietzsche wrote The Anti-Christ as a response to his own outrage concerning man's Christian-influenced values on life. Nietzsche saw Christianity as the leading cause of the problems with mankind. All the teachings of Christianity were contrary to the ways in which Nietzsche felt man should act and behave. His focus in The Anti-Christ is on this fact that Christianity is the root of all that is wrong with the world....   [tags: Papers] 1038 words
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Advocates for a New Social Order: Dickens, Marx, and the Trade Union in Hard Times - Advocates for a New Social Order: Dickens, Marx, and the Trade Union in Hard Times For over a century, Charles Dickens has been praised as being the working man's advocate, and the lower classes have played a major role in peopling his vast world of characters. Always, the reader is left with a sense of sympathy and pity for these characters as Dickens' journalistic descriptions of their plight are often dramatic, stirring, and pathetic. Although he renders the living conditions of the poor in such a way that no reader can escape feeling sympathy for such characters, Dickens never once offers a solution to such distress....   [tags: Dickens Society Class Essays]
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What defines an individual’s social class? - What defines an individual’s social class. How many social classes are there and is it possible to move and change the social class that a person is born into. Max Weber, Karl Marx and Robert Purrucci and Earl Wysong have all, to some extent, answered these questions, although in some respects they are different they also share many similarities. Marx and Purrucci and Wysong believe there are only two social classes, while Weber believes there are an intermediate number. There are in fact five social classes that allow mobility among classes, in addition the following will be used to determine an individual’s social class: occupation, income, wealth, education and status....   [tags: Psychology, Marx, Weber, Purrucci, Wysong] 1207 words
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Modern Communism - Modern Communism Banners of Marx, Engles, Lenin, Stalin (USSR) Karl Marx never saw his ideals and beliefs, as the founding father of communist thought, implemented in the world and society because he died in 1883.1 The communist ideology did not rise to power until the beginning of the 20th century. Then it would be implemented and put into practice in the largest country in the world producing a concept that would control half of the world’s population in less than 50 years. The Manifesto of the Communist Party, written by Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels, searched for a perfect society living in equality and united in freedom....   [tags: Communism Politics Marx Essays]
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Capitalism vs. Communism - Capitalism vs. Communism The Influence of the Communist Manifesto on the Development of Industrial Capitalism The Communist Manifesto left a tremendous impact on a society that was rapidly becoming industrialized, and its effects can even be seen on the dominating economic system of the twentieth century. In the later nineteenth century, however, industrial capitalism was on the brink of ruin. “On many occasions during the past century, Marxists have thought that capitalism was down for the count ....   [tags: History Government Marx Essays] 1236 words
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Changes in Class and the Labor Force within Society - Changes in Class and the Labor Force within Society Introduction: Though the Industrial Revolution changed the course of modern history, the consequences that accompanied it divided society. The radical change in the division of class and labor within society because of industrialization disgusted many who witnessed it, including Karl Marx. Their contempt for the new composition of class and labor led to intellectuals proposing improvements and reversing changes, through their writings to the masses, introduced by the Industrial Revolution....   [tags: History Marx Communism Essays]
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Significant People During the Industrial Revolution - Significant People During the Industrial Revolution As the Industrial Revolution was occurring, numerous changes were occurring. Workers were not receiving fair treatment. They were working long hours and getting paid very little money. The working class felt that they were not receiving equal treatment and equal pay for what they were offering to society. Yet some individuals, such as the owners of companies, were profiting from this movement. But the inequalities that existed caused Marx, along with Engels, to write the Communist Manifesto....   [tags: History Economics Marx Essays]
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A Costly “Free Market”: Forever Climbing Debt - “Hitherto, every form of society has been based on the antagonism of oppressing and oppressed classes.” Karl Marx. The irony around the term “free market” is blatant but constantly overlooked. As inflation grows to dangerous sizes, our currency system is inevitably bound to devalue the dollar steadily until its abolishment and replacement. “Modern Money Mechanics” is an eventually failing process of loans, debt and intrest that will never balance, only worsen and decay. The most recent turning point into this economic slavery, the real estate bubble, bursted due too numerous small variables that are simply fragments of a larger equation....   [tags: Marx, national debt, free market, USA, ] 1779 words
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The Industrial Revolution and the Life in Urban Society - The Industrial Revolution and the Life in Urban Society The Industrial Revolution began in the late eighteen and nineteenth centuries due to a rapid emergence of modern industrial production that changed society significantly. Goods that were produced in homes and small family businesses began to be produced in large industrial factories. As a result of this, productivity and efficiency increased dramatically, which caused a significant shift in the present economy. The Industrial Revolution led to the growth of cities as people moved from rural areas to the city in order to find work....   [tags: History Marx Economics Industrial Essays] 1839 words
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Marx And Mills - Marx And Mills John Stuart Mill suggests that a person’s ethical decision-making process should be based solely upon the amount of happiness that the person can receive. Although Mill fully justifies himself, his approach lacks certain criteria for which happiness can be considered. Happiness should be judged, not only by pleasure, but by pain as well. This paper will examine Mill’s position on happiness, and the reasoning behind it. Showing where there are agreements and where there are disagreements will critique the theory of Utilitarianism....   [tags: Marx Mills Philosophy Philosophical Essays] 1189 words
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Karl Popper and Falsifiability - Karl Popper and Falsifiability Karl Popper's claim that "the criterion of the scientific status of a theory is its falsifiability" is a clearly viable statement. This is a natural extension of his idea about how scientific knowledge is increased (Edwards, 1967). In an attempt to define science from pseudo-science, Popper states that the growth of scientific knowledge begins with an "imaginative proposal of hypotheses" (Edwards, 1967). Then, the scientist must search for illustrations or situations that falsify or negate the hypothesis....   [tags: Science Scientific Karl Popper Essays]
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The Role of Money According to Marx - The Role of Money According to Marx Use value of a good or service is created by all societies, capitalist and non-capitalist. The use values of such are not specifically measurable in a numerical sense; it is the level of demand by a community, or social necessity for certain goods or services. Unique to capitalist production is the exchange value of goods or services. The exchange value is the value of a good or service compared to another good or service. Understanding use value and exchange value broadly defines two kinds of economies - subsistence economies and surplus producing economies....   [tags: Labor Capitalism Marx Economics] 1631 words
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Sir Karl Popper's Falsifiability Claim - Sir Karl Popper's Falsifiability Claim Popper's claim that "the criterion of the scientific status of a theory is its falsifiability" (Klemke, 1988) may be viewed as an observation of, rather than a complete departure from, earlier criteria for science. Klemke states in his introduction to part one (p. 16) that defining science (or the scientific method) has traditionally consisted of utilizing seven criteria that must be met in a specific order. Criteria number (5) and (6) refer to deduction rather than induction, and will negate criterion (4) if not met....   [tags: Sir Karl Popper Science Essays] 765 words
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Conjectures and Refutations by Sir Karl Popper - Conjectures and Refutations by Sir Karl Popper In a broad sense science is a systematic quest for knowledge. With this working definition in mind one can see that many areas of human endeavors could qualify as science. Therefore, Popper attempts to find a point of demarcation between science and psuedo-science. "Is there a criterion for the scientific character or status of theory."(1) The most widely accepted answer to this problem Popper says is induction and empirical method. At this point I find it necessary to define these two terms....   [tags: Science Sir Karl Popper Scientists Essays]
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Sir Karl Popper's Falsifiability Claim - Sir Karl Popper's Falsifiability Claim Popper asserts that "it is easy to obtain confirmations, or verifications, for nearly every theory--if we look for confirmations." Kuhn illustrates (page 6), in his discussion of cosmologies, that man needs a structure for his universe. Man needs to explain the physical relation between his personal habitat and nature in order to feel at home. Explaining this relation gives meaning to his actions. Moreover, Kuhn says observation is a double edged sword (page 7)....   [tags: Sir Karl Popper Science Theories Essays] 832 words
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Enslavement of the Individual in Capitalist Society as Viewed by Marx - Enslavement of the Individual in Capitalist Society as Viewed by Marx Bourgeois society enslaves the individual such that any attempt to transcend one's environmental limitations results in self-destruction. Nietzsche "slave morality" theory is applicable to the works of Dostoyevsky, Mann, and Ibsen, and posits that an individual uprising under a bourgeois blanket leads to reactivity, not activity. Though each man calls for individuals values to be raised in some way (in the case of Nietzsche, by an über-mensch), each understands the impossibility of that under bourgeois rule....   [tags: Philosophy Marx Philosophical Essays] 2467 words
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Marx's Theories - Though Marx’s theories were first conceived over 150 years ago, his work continues to be tremendously influential and is perhaps the most well known scholarship within the sociological canon. Despite their prominence, some of Marx’s most famous ideas have yet to be proven by the course of history. Neo-Marxists may insist that the revolution is coming, but the fact remains that the overthrow of capitalism has yet to materialize. I argue that the communist revolution has not yet occurred because the proletariat has been unable to develop the universal class consciousness that Marx asserts is a necessary condition for his predicted mass uprising....   [tags: Neo-Marxist Theories, Marxist Ideology] 1564 words
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Mustapha Mond: A Reflection on Totalitarian Leaders - In the book Brave New World, the World Controllers control every aspect of life from the color the citizens wear to the job that is assigned to each person. This is an example of a totalitarian government. The word Totalitarian is defined as “An adjective of or having to do with a government controlled by one political group which suppress all opposition, often with force, and which controls many aspects of people’s lives. A totalitarian government usually regulates what goods are produced by industry, what radio and television programs are broadcast, what books people read, and other severe controls on private life” (Barnhart 2210)....   [tags: Literary Elements]
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Marx and Weber - Marx and Weber I thought Marx's Wage Labour and Capital was much more interesting and easier to understand than the previous reading. In this section, Marx attacks the idea of competition, division of labor, capital growth, and the injustice that workers must face as a result of them. Marx says that even with capital growth that would ideally benefit the working class, "the antagonism between his [the workers] interests and the interests of the bourgeoisie" still exist and that "profit and wages remain as before in inverse proportion" (211)....   [tags: Papers] 384 words
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The Marx Brothers - The Marx Brothers In his book entitled Creating Minds, Howard Gardner (1993) engaged in a thorough study of creativity. He did this by studying the lives of exceptional creators in seven different domains in search of trends that could be readily identified and, perhaps, even help to paint a clearer picture of what the ingredients for creativity are. After examining these creators' lives he came to some conclusions based on the trends he identified and formed a model of creativity. In order to test both his model and his findings, it is necessary to extend the search (and study) beyond his initial seven great creators....   [tags: Research Papers] 5638 words
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Theory of Alienation: Marx and Nietzsche - Marx’s theory of alienation is concerned primarily with social interaction and production; he believes that we are able to overcome our alienation through human emancipation. Marx’s theory of alienation is the process by which social organized productive powers are experienced as external or alien forces that dominate the humans that create them. He believes that production is man’s act on nature and on himself. Man’s relationship with nature is his relationship with his tools, or means of production....   [tags: Theory of Alienation]
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Marx's theory of alienation - Marx's theory of alienation has to do with the separation of things that logically belong together. According to Marx, alienation is a universal result of capitalism. Marx's theory of alienation is based upon his observation that, within the capitalist mode of production, workers consistently lose determination of their lives and fates by being deprived of the right to envision themselves as the administrator of their actions. Workers become autonomous, self-realized people, but are lead and diverted into goals and activities set down by those who have power....   [tags: Economics] 1075 words
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Marx, Weber and Religion - Religion, as defined by the High Court of Australia, is ‘a complex of beliefs and practices which point to a set of values and an understanding of the meaning of existence’ (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2005) and can be studied either substantively or functionally (Berger 1974:126). Substantive studies of religion fall predominantly in the realm of theology and are more concerned with defining religious beliefs; their historical accuracy; and the existence of supernatural entities (Holmes, Hughes & Julian 2007:425)....   [tags: informative essay]
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The Creating of a Utopia - Once upon a land, in a time not so far away, there lived a boy named Karl Marx who would grow up to be the Father of Communism. It kind of sounds like a bad passion, but his idea was really well intentioned and sprung from remarks of the daily life around him. After much consideration, Marx helped find a theory called Socialism, a “transitional [period] between capitalism and communism, and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done,” ( Merriam- Webster Online) which paved the way for Communism....   [tags: Sociology ]
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The Working Class - Karl Marx once said “Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor is sucks” (Karl Marx Quotes). Marx is well known as the Father of Communism, but now that the cold war is over and Communism is but a theory of government for a few countries, we can study Karl Marx as a visionary of his time, who foresaw how capitalism would grow out of control. With the used of religion, government laws and capitalism the wealthy will always reach out to control the masses....   [tags: Economics]
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Animal Farm Research - The name Bolshevik means “majority” in Russian. The Bolsheviks were a faction of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party, which split into two factions, the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks, after the Second Congress of 1903. The Bolsheviks were led by Lenin when the party split (Trueman “Bolsheviks, The”). The Bolsheviks wanted to overthrow the current government and establish a new government, a government for the people. The Bolsheviks wanted to overthrow the current government because it was weak and did not keep its promises....   [tags: Russian History ]
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Essence Vs Labor - This paper will examine the 19th century concept of the will in the terms of Karl Marx and Ludwig Feuerbach. It will defend Karl Marx’s position that man shapes the world around us by the labor that man produces, and that Ludwig Feuerbach’s belief that man shapes the world through religious essence is incorrect. This is because the secular essence that Feuerbach is observing is stopping man from changing what is actually oppressing society, which is alienated labor. Marx and Feuerbach both take Johann Fichte’s concept of the will, which states that we manifest the world we live in through our actions, but go about this concept in completely different ways....   [tags: Philosophy] 1837 words
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Marx and Engels' View and Purpose of Religion - Throughout history, religion has played a significant function in society as a medium through which people connect, via various rituals and symbols (Marsh et al. 2009). When the subject of Marx, Engels and religion is discussed, the famous quote ‘Religion is the opiate of the masses’ (Marx as cited in Raines 2002, p.5) is one that is for the most part, at the forefront of people’s minds. It is often a misconception that Marx and Engels viewed religion in a predominantly negative light and saw it as something that human beings had no use for....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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Rudolf Karl Bultmann (1884-1976) - Rudolf Karl Bultmann (1884-1976) Rudolf Karl Bultmann (1884-1976) was born on August 20th in Wiefelstede, in (what was then known as) the grand duchy of Oldenburg. His father, Arthur Bultmann, was an Evangelical-Lutheran pastor, his paternal grandfather a missionary to Africa, and his maternal grandfather a pastor of the pietistic tradition. Thus, young Rudolf came from a family line heavily invested in the theological milieu of his time. This family's gradual move toward Protestant liberalism-especially on the part of his father-would prove to have a significant impact on this young theologian-to-be....   [tags: Papers] 3936 words
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Karl Rahner and His Beliefs - Karl Rahner and His Beliefs Karl Rahner, a German theologian, is regarded by many as the foremost Roman Catholic thinker of the 20th century. He believes that every human being is essentially spiritual and that the truth about the human person is revealed in God. This he believes is true whether directly adverted to or whether the person opens him or herself to it. Rahner also believes that there are elements of the world that exist, which are not necessarily as they appear to be. When discussing Rahner and his beliefs, Transcendental Christology plays a major role in his studies....   [tags: Papers] 621 words
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Karl Jaspers and Seung Sahn - Karl Jaspers and Seung Sahn In this paper I will be making a comparison between the thoughts of Karl Jaspers and Korean Zen master Seung Sahn on the nature of consciousness and transcendence. The essays in question by Jaspers are his essays “On the Origin of My Philosophy,” written in 1941, and his lectures on the significance of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche and “the Encompassing,” given in 1935 (p. 158). The other text being studied is The Compass of Zen, a compilation of Seung Sahn’s lectures on the three main branches of Buddhism....   [tags: Compare Contrast Philosophy Essays]
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Marx, Durkheim, Hobbes, Engels and Weber - In society, we come across shared meanings and these shared meanings produce some type of social order. In order for social order to be constructed, we as individuals must be able to communicate with each other. Also, we need a system where all of us individuals as a whole are willing to cooperate. But where do these shared meanings come from within societies. Marx and Durkheim have come up with theories about how shared meanings are produced. Marx believes are ideas come after the production of materials....   [tags: Political Philosophy Sociology]
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Philosopher's Impact on Marx and Engels - Philosopher's Impact on Marx and Engels One part of human nature is to want to gain more power. Within this idea there are many parts. First is the need for humans to overcome nature. Another part is gaining more territory. The more land a man has, the more powerful he feels. Lastly, having control over their own lives and the lives of others contributes to whether or not they feel powerful. This concept can be seen in The Communist Manifesto. Marx and Engels are discussing the industrial revolution....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1682 words
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Marx and His Theory of Alienation - Marx and His Theory of Alienation Marx wrote "On The Jewish Question" in 1844. It was a written response to Bauer's works. In his works, Bauer said that Jews should give up their religion and fight for their civil rights. Bauer believed the Jews should become emancipated from the Germans and Christians. Marx contradicted this entire belief through the idea that civil emancipation does truly emancipate. In "On the Jewish Question," Marx went on to criticize the liberal notion of universal human rights....   [tags: Papers] 643 words
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Marx and the Two Enlightenments - Marx and the Two Enlightenments ABSTRACT: The claim to rationality is disputed by two rival enlightenments, which collided in the dispute between Plato, Socrates and the Sophists, and which Marx united critically. He criticizes the capitalist system immanently as restrictive of production, and its market as not a case of freedom or equality (justice). However, Marx is most concerned with ontological injustice, coerced alienation of the human into being a commodity. He retains Promethean Enlightenment values however: technology, creativity, democracy, which should be economic, participatory and international....   [tags: Philosophical Philosophy Essays] 3141 words
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Analysis of Marx and Engels Quote - Analysis of Marx and Engels Quote ". . . not criticism but revolution is the driving force of history, also of religion, of philosophy and all other types of theory." "The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, ie. the class which is the ruling material force of society is at the same time its ruling intellectual force." "The ruling ideas are nothing more than the ideal expression of the dominant material relationships . . ." The passages above are depictions of the distinction between thought and action....   [tags: Papers] 590 words
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Nietzsche, Marx, and Kierkegaard - Nietzsche, Marx, and Kierkegaard Zarathustra is always a favorite, with the ringing of God is dead throughout the mountains. Re-evaluating our idols, discovering the significance of their dethroning and how it relates to the intricate web that we create for our lives. Zarathustra, holy man in his blasphemy, ushering in a new era where the last men are eradicated, the filthy vermin masquerading intelligence led by the promise of cheese. Formerly the world was a mad place, filled with mice traps, and the drool pours down their uncomprehending faces....   [tags: Papers] 398 words
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Weber vs. Marx - Weber destabilizes the relationship between base and superstructure that Marx had established. According to Weber, the concept of historical materialism is naïve and nonsense because superstructures are not mere reflections of the economic base. (“The Protestant Ethic” and “The Spirit of Capitalism (1904-5) Weber agrees that the economy is one of the most faithful forces in modern life. However there are other social and legal factors which exhibit power and thus influence society. These factors help define bureaucratic society or Weber’s concept of modern society which operates through the rational administration of labor....   [tags: essays research papers] 1308 words
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Karl Barth's Relational View of Imago Dei - “26 Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness...27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.’” Genesis 1:26a, 1:27 The stories which humans tell about their origins are always cherished and held in high regard. In fact, no culture has existed which has not created or attempted to create some story of origins. Every culture has had some means in which to say this is where we came from. Especially in cultures where religion found itself prevalent, the mythology of origins became not only a status or anthropology but also a theology....   [tags: Theology ]
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Understanding Marxist Historiography: An Overview - Understanding Marxist Historiography: An Overview Wherever one stands on the ideological scale, it is hard to refute the influence Karl Marx, and his subsequent theories and doctrines, have had on the world at large. Some, like Vladimir Lenin, took Marx’s ideals and turned it into a political party and system of government, while others, like Mao Zedong, have simply used it as a basic foundation to further their own ideological and political ambitions. But in its truest essence, based on the writings and subsequent comments made by Marx and others, Marxism is a view of the world, offering both resources to scholars and laymen alike....   [tags: Communism] 741 words
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Sociology - Some sociologists have marked the course of the history remarkably. Others with lesser impact, have been rapidly forgotten. Karl Marx belongs to those with unforgettable memory. His works didn’t perish, but are rather classified as everlasting. Karl Marx, German political philosopher and revolutionist, is one of the most influential thinkers of all times. He’s the founder of modern socialism and communism. He’s by many appraised and glorified and in the eyes of others, he’s viewed as a shame to mankind....   [tags: Sociology Essays] 1993 words
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Karl Mannheim's Conception of Self-Rationalization - Karl Mannheim's Conception of Self-Rationalization "Karl Mannheim's conception of self-rationalization is useful in understanding what is one of the central social psychological processes of organizational life. In a world where appearances - in the broadest sense - mean everything, the wise and ambitious person learns to cultivate assiduously the proper, prescribed modes of appearing. He dispassionately takes stock of himself, treating himself as an object. He analyses his strengths and weaknesses, and decides what he needs to change in order to survive and flourish in his organization....   [tags: Papers] 1420 words
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Into the House of our Ancestors by Karl Maier - Into the House of our Ancestors by Karl Maier "Two recent works have dominated conversations about Africa in the late 1990's: Robert B. Kaplan's article The Coming Anarchy and Keith B. Richburg's book, Out of America -- a surprising circumstance, perhaps, since neither work was, strictly speaking, about Africa" says Howard French, a NYT writer. It was until Karl Maier's Into the House of Our Ancestors until a somewhat optimistic outlook on Africa emerges. Maier is the first person to write a book on what some are calling the African renaissance....   [tags: Africa African Society] 1204 words
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Karl Swindlehurst Melancholy of the German Hussars - Karl Swindlehurst Melancholy of the German Hussars I have currently been studying three short stories. The first of the three short story’s The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion is one of seven stories from the “Wessex Tales” . The genre of this story is generally based around love and issues and consequences related to love, and also distresses the complications and coincidences within the love story. The story itself has three main characters in which a love triangle is formed. Phyllis, Humphrey and Mateus are the main characters in which Phyllis was engaged to Humphrey through an agreed marriage arranged by both Humphrey and her father....   [tags: English Literature] 944 words
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The Dynamics of Marxism - The Dynamics of Marxism Human relationships have always been dynamic. Change and adaptability have gone hand in hand with the passing of time for human society. Karl Marx’s views on Industrialization and the bourgeoisie had a major impact on how we view our industrial alignment today. Marx and Engel’s The Communist Manifesto gives broad views on the subject of the middle class and how they fit into a society that was ruled by feudalism and aristocracy. Capitalism becomes a major topic in a socialist-based society that underwent many changes as industrialization progressed....   [tags: essays research papers] 1992 words
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The Synthesis - Like many theorems, ideas and beliefs, Dialectical Materialism was not the epiphany of a single mind. Karl Marx was merely the genius who realized that the two concepts could be conjoined to explain the cycle of past, present and remarkably even future economic systems. Karl Marx was a very perceptive economist who concentrated on capitalism and its opportunity costs. The “Father of Socialism” combined Hegel’s, Smith’s and Malthus’ previous hypothesis to form a new constant that’s been established true, Dialectical Materialism....   [tags: essays research papers] 605 words
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Failed Revolutions in "Office Space" - The film “Office Space” depicts several employees at a software firm trying and failing at rebelling against the company they work for. The revolutions against the management and their subsequent failures are explained by Karl Marx’s theories on the proletariat and bourgeoisie in The Communist Manifesto. The workers were not going far enough in their attempts to improve their lives. In proving the failed rebellions of the employees can be explained by The Communist Manifesto, it must first be proven that the movie accurately represents the proletariat and bourgeoisie classes and their struggle....   [tags: Film Analysis] 1733 words
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Sociological Imagination - ... These sociological scholars paved the way for sociologists like Mills and allowed for ideas like the sociological imagination to develop. Comparatively, European sociology was more theory based and American sociology was mostly based around practical experiments and action. There are three main architects of modern sociology. These men are Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, and Karl Marx. Emile Durkheim analyzed the different stages of a civilized society. Pre-industrial societies utilized mechanical solidarity because every person in that agrarian system had to work towards a collective goal to survive....   [tags: Sociology Essays] 1200 words
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A Comparison of Communism versus Capitalism - A Comparison of Communism versus Capitalism Communism versus Capitalism is a debate that has raged on for over two centuries. Whether to allow everyone equal opportunities and to do with those opportunities as they please or to mandate class equality in order to keep peace has in itself been the cause of wars. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels saw the working class of the world--the proletariat--being squashed by the greedy business owners--the bourgeoisie. In their view, the bourgeoisie owned too much and the proletariat had no chance to make their own fortunes....   [tags: Compare Contrast Comparing] 700 words
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Marxist Philosophy - Although there is a strong diverse controversy tied with the name of Karl Marx, he was concerned primarily with human freedom, stimulating the ancient concept of Communism, in which human beings might fulfill their cooperative roles within society, without the fear of exploitation. He saw the historical period of capitalism as the "menacing" antagonist of such freedom; menacing because unlike serfdom (the predecessor of capitalism in the evolution of social relations), capitalism enabled the illusion of freedom even though it relied on those who have nothing to sell but their labor and those, who through the power of capital and property, exploit such labor for profit....   [tags: Philosophy] 2238 words
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Critique of Communism in Animal Farm by George Orwell - Karl Marx’s perfect society described in his Communist Manifesto is in direct conflict with the implementation of Soviet Communism, which was scathingly criticized by George Orwell’s book Animal Farm. Karl Marx believed that in order to form a just and equal society, the working class, called the proletariat, would have to overthrow those who owned the means of production, who were known as the bourgeoisie. This was to be known as the Proletariat Revolution where the oppressed laborers in capitalist societies, such as England, would unite under a common cause to overthrow the oppressive bourgeoisie, and establish a communist society....   [tags: Communism Communist] 1289 words
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Discovery Of Society - What is the meaning of society. It’s a simple word but with a very complicated definition. Society is our own everyday reality. It’s features such as economics, culture, language and philosophy is what unites individuals and creates a society. In the book, “The Discovery of Society”, written by Randall Collins and Michael Makowsky we are able to capture the ideas and beliefs of a variety of social thinkers. All of these thinkers had a different perspective towards what a society needs to survive and maintain itself afloat....   [tags: essays research papers] 2670 words
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