This page features a collection of the best resources on Karl Marx. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
If you want a comprehensive overview of Marx:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Marx. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 8000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces Marx:
“Karl Marx (1818–1883) is best known not as a philosopher but as a revolutionary, whose works inspired the foundation of many communist regimes in the twentieth century. It is hard to think of many who have had as much influence in the creation of the modern world. Trained as a philosopher, Marx turned away from philosophy in his mid-twenties, towards economics and politics. However, in addition to his overtly philosophical early work, his later writings have many points of contact with contemporary philosophical debates, especially in the philosophy of history and the social sciences, and in moral and political philosophy. Historical materialism — Marx’s theory of history — is centered around the idea that forms of society rise and fall as they further and then impede the development of human productive power…”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
- Read Terrell Carver’s article: Who is Marx now and what can he say to the 21st century? [3200 words]
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
If you prefer audio and podcasts:
If you’d like to read a short passage from a classic work of philosophy:
- Read this short passage from Marx and Engels’ ‘Communist Manifesto’ on class struggle and exploitation [2100 words]
If you’d just like to casually browse a few quotes:
While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the Best Books on Marx
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