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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHIL 1010
Professor
Karyn Freedman
Semester
Winter

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Sarah Ammendolia Phil 1010 February 3, 14 Philosophy 1010  Lecture 9, Week 4 Marxism Classic Marx: “historical materialism’, the idea that the development of human societies  is determined by class struggles, which it itself determined by the development of the  means of economic production, and the inevitable result of this development is the  revolutionary overthrow of capitalism by the proletariat.  ­ On this view historical description of power struggle over who owns what   ­ Descriptive claims: claims about how things are, subject to testing  ­ Ask well has this claim worn out?  If socialism is not inevitable, why is it desirable?  Analytical Marxism: 2 kinds of arguments for contemporary Marxism  Fundamental still is the ideas of labor, class struggle, workers and their capitalist  employers who must be overthrown (since they have nothing to lose but their chains).  Communism as Beyond Justice: Marx himself attacked the ideas of ‘equal right’ and ‘fair  distribution’ as ‘obsolete verbal rubbish’. The problems with justice are:  1
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