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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly up to date, 3 May 2006
I bought this book to know a little bit about Marx's thoughts, being too lazy to read the Capital or his other writings. But I was surprised to see how up to date these ideas were, in an apolitical sense. I work in computers, in particular with and in the fields of open source software. I'm particularly interested in the open source movement as a method of producing software and other things (see changethis.com for more). When I read this book I realised that these ideals were in so many ways very close to Marx's. There are differences in so far as the path is different (no "revolution", no socialism), but the realisation of the individual in Marx's communist ideal and the open source ideal in term of social movement (I include blogs and so on in this) are indeed very similar. Anyone for a thesis on the subject?...

Anyway, all this thanks to Terry Eagleton, brilliant author with a crisp vocabulary and a gift to summarise complex concepts in a few understandable and enjoyable chapters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book shows Marx's relevance, 20 May 2013
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Terry Eagleton's book shows the humanity of Marx's project.
It is an enjoyable read and is particularly good on the subject of alienation which is so prevalent in our society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 Jan. 2015
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A great introduction to one of the most important and relevant philosophers or should we say anti-philosopher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An accessible account of Marx's beliefs, 3 Dec. 2000
This book offers an easily comprehendable description of the essence of Marx's theory. The key to Eagleton's writing is his belief that Marx had no sinister plans, only a belief that the world could be organised in a way in which people were 'truely free', without the contradictions and oppressive practices which capitalism is built upon.
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