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What Would Marx Do?: How the Greatest Political Theorists Would Solve Your Everyday Problems

Category: Book
By (author): Southwell, Gareth
Series: What Would
Subject:  PHILOSOPHY / Political
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism, Post-Communism & Socialism
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / General
Publisher: Firefly Books
Published: February 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 8.25in x 5.75in x 0.75in
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From The Publisher*

Get life advice and a crash course on social philosophy from the great minds of every generation.

The writings of Karl Marx have seen a resurgence in popularity. After all, he lived in an uncannily familiar time, one of concentrated wealth and ultra-conservatism that oppressed the majority economically and politically. It is a time that challenges the best of us, so perhaps it is no surprise that people would turn to him for insight.

Marx is one of history's noted thinkers who devised philosophical foundations upon which rest solutions to all variety of human dilemmas. What Would Marx Do? uses 40 everyday questions as springboards to explore Marx's theories and those of the other great political and social theorists, and in the process, help us make difficult decisions.

What Would Marx Do? presents 40 situations that we might encounter which challenge our morality, free will and responsibility to society. For example:

  • Should I bother to vote?
  • Who should look after the baby?
  • Do you earn enough?
  • My car has just been stolen! But can I hold the thieves responsible?
  • Should I watch what I say on Twitter?
  • Should your children benefit from your success?
  • Is it wrong to want a bigger house?
  • Informative accessible text and quirky illustrations, including humorous caricatures, leave readers with a better grasp on social philosophy, from Marxism and Libertarian Socialism to Populism. Using newly gained insight you will be able to cope better with the challenges of modern life, whether it is making a life-changing decision or resolving a minor problem.

    With What Would Marx Do? you just turn to the question troubling you and the great philosophers will tell you what they would do.

    Review Quote*Southwell's choice of subjects makes this book an engaging way to access complex subjects. His writing is informative and never dry. His excellent illustrations lighten things further. All too often, philosophical works are either dry or abstract, often both. This book is never dull... I have found it impossible to only read a single essay. Many of them reference each other, and it's easy to become caught up in what you're reading, and head off in search of just one more philosophical nugget.
    Biographical Note

    Gareth Southwell is a philosopher, writer, illustrator and the author of books aimed at the general reader, including 50 Philosophy of Science Ideas You Really Need to Know and A Beginner's Guide to Descartes's Meditations. He lives in Wales, UK.