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The Free Development of EachStudies on Freedom, Right, and Ethics in Classical German Philosophy$
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Allen W. Wood

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685530

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685530.001.0001

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Marx on Equality

Marx on Equality

(p.252) 11 Marx on Equality
The Free Development of Each

Allen W. Wood

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Marx undoubtedly shared many of the political goals of present-day egalitarians, but he definitely did not share their egalitarian intuitions. Marx and Engels always regarded ‘equality’ as a political concept and value, and moreover as one suited to promote bourgeois class interests. In place of equality, and based on his historical materialism, Marx advocated the abolition of class society, as it presently exists in the form of capitalism. An inquiry into why Marx was not an egalitarian leads us to examine Marx’s radical critique of politics and ideology, right and morality, and class society itself.

Keywords:   Marx, Engels, equality, egalitarianism, capitalism, historical materialism, class, politics, right

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