Marx - Karl Marx 1818-1883 by Dr. Frank Elwell FRIEDRICH...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–16. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Karl Marx 1818-1883 by Dr. Frank Elwell
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
FRIEDRICH ENGELS
Background image of page 2
KARL MARX Karl Marx (1818-1883) was a socialist theoretician and organizer, a major figure in the history of economic and philosophical thought, and a great social prophet.
Background image of page 3

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
KARL MARX Personally, I like to call him the last of the old Testament prophets. He basically prophesized that man would someday create a paradise on earth. That we would all someday live in brotherhood, sharing our talents and our wealth.
Background image of page 4
KARL MARX But in this presentation we will focus on his role as a sociological theorist. His writings have had an enormous impact on all of the social sciences, but particularly upon sociology.
Background image of page 5

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Major Intellectual Contributions: 1. Elaboration of the conflict model of society, specifically the theory of social change based upon antagonisms between social classes; 2. The insight that power originates primarily in economic production; and 3. His concern with the social origins of alienation.
Background image of page 6
Social Evolution Marx’s vision was based on an evolutionary point of departure. Society was comprised of a moving balance of antithetical forces that generate social change by their tension and struggle.
Background image of page 7

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Social Evolution Struggle, rather than peaceful growth, was the engine of progress; strife was the father of all things, and social conflict was the core of the historical process.
Background image of page 8
Forces of Production Marx believed that the basis of the social order in every society is the production of economic goods. What is produced, how it is produced, and how it is exchanged determine the differences in people’s wealth, power, and social status.
Background image of page 9

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Relations of Production For Marx, the entire social system is based on the manner in which men and women relate to one another in their continuous struggle to wrest their livelihood form nature.
Background image of page 10
Relations of Production "The first historical act is…the production of material life itself.” Marx goes on to say that “this is indeed an historical act, a fundamental condition of history.”
Background image of page 11

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Relations of Production In other words, unless this act is fulfilled (the production of material life), there would be no other, All social life is dependent upon the quest for a sufficiency of eating and drinking, for habitation and for clothing.
Background image of page 12
Relations of Production This quest to meet basic needs is central to understanding social life—and is as true today as it was in prehistory.
Background image of page 13

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Relations of Production The quest to meet basic needs were man’s primary goals at the dawn of the race and are still central when attempts are made to analyze the complexities of modern life.
Background image of page 14
When basic needs have been met, this leads to the creation of new needs. Man (and woman) is a perpetually dissatisfied animal. Man’s struggle against nature does not
Background image of page 15

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 16
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 04/20/2010 for the course HIST 1302 taught by Professor Willoughby during the Spring '09 term at Austin Community College.

Page1 / 127

Marx - Karl Marx 1818-1883 by Dr. Frank Elwell FRIEDRICH...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 16. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online