Karl Marx Essay

1275 WordsOct 20, 20086 Pages
Abstract In analyzing Karl Marx we find that so many conclusions can be made about what Marx was attempting to convey. This analysis will show just why so many conclusions and deviations were made to Marx's theories and how they were taken out of context. In this essay we seek to understand historical materialism and it's place in modern society as well. We also will discuss Marx's view of human nature and critique it. What made Karl Marx's research so revolutionary? That is what we are here to find out. The Essential Guide 3 The Essential Guide To Karl Marx “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles”(Marx, 1848). Marx opens his most famous work, The Communist Manifesto, with this line. Marx's research was based primarily upon this one line. So to understand his research we need to understand where he was coming from. Why were class struggles so important to Marx? For Marx, different classes had divergent interests, which is a source of social disruption and conflict. Conflict between social classes being something which is inherent in all human history. Human Nature You see he essentially believed that it was human nature to transform nature. He called this process “labour”(Marx, 1848). Now because he studied the working class so much it became apparent to him that class struggles were at the heart of large socioeconomic issues. His research led him primarily into the organizations of labor and the social relationships people entered when they had the means of production. This, in my opinion, caused many of the different views on Karl Marx because of the limited scope of his research. Now personally I don't agree with his view and I think his location and time frame dictated much of his research. Karl Marx was born in 1818 and wrote during and right after the height

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