Encyclopedia of Global Justice

2011 Edition
| Editors: Deen K. Chatterjee


  • Paul Warren
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9160-5_323

Marxism refers to the body of thought and form of political practice based on the work of Karl Marx (1818–1883), philosopher, social theorist, revolutionary socialist, and leader of the First International Working Men’s Association. Marx’s writings, some of which were coauthored with longtime friend and financial supporter Friedrich Engels, are varied in character, scope, and purpose. They include scholarly treatises, philosophical criticism, dense theoretical investigations, polemical interventions, programmatic pamphlets, journalistic dispatches, unpublished notebooks and drafts, and a considerable volume of correspondence. Marx’s thought is broad and interdisciplinary, builds constructively on the philosophy and social science of his day, and is animated by a desire to organically link theory and practice. Almost from the beginning there have been interpretive controversies over the meaning of Marx’s work: whether it presents a comprehensive system; whether it relies on a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Warren
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA