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Marxism and Morality: A Critical Examination of Marxist Ethics
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Marxism and Morality: A Critical Examination of Marxist Ethics (Hardback)

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Not himself a Marxist, Dr Churchich has nevertheless won plaudits for this book from those committed to the philosophy. It is, they acknowledge, thoroughly researched, well reasoned, and balanced in its argument - even if that is one with which Marxists are bound to disagree, being based on the premise that ethical theories must ultimately rest on metaphysical and psychological preconceptions rather than on some imaginary empirical facts. The declared aim of this work is to present a full exposition of Marx's and Engels' ideas on morality and ethics, and to indicate some of their errors and weaknesses. Unlike other studies of this subject, Churchich analyses all major aspects of morality, dealing not only with the writings of Marx himself but also with the works of most writers who have commented on Marxist morality and ethics. Marx himself intended to produce a work on social morality, but did not manage to do so. This book is clearer on some aspects of Marx's view than the work of some Marxist writers - Churchich makes obvious, for instance, how great was Althusser's mistake in arguing that there is "not a grain of normative ethics in mature Marx".

Yet the author's objectivity allows him also to find values among the ethical arguments of Marx and Engels, making this a book (as a reader has pointed out) which both Marxists and concerned Anglicans would find useful as a criticism of some current social trends. As a book of reference, this volume will be of value to anyone interested in Marxist morality. It will also be ay useful source for those with an interest in moral philosophy and ethics generally. It also has current interest: for those who argue that the collapse of bureaucratic socialism in the former Soviet Union means the end of Marxism too, Dr Churchich sounds a cautionary note - that is by no means his view.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical ideologiesMarxism & CommunismHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical ideologiesSocialism & left-of-centre democratic ideologiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheoryEthics & moral philosophy Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd Publication Date: 01/08/1994 ISBN-13: 9780227679296  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Dr Nicholas Churchich studied philosophy, theology and science at several university colleges in England and Wales, and holds five University of London diplomas. He has worked at the University of London, the Royal Society of Medicine and the Commonwealth Mycological Institute in Kew Gardens. He is now retired. He is a the author of many articles for scientific journals, and has also written extensively on moral and political themes.

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