Pages: 192
Series: Beginner's Guides
Imprint: Oneworld


A Beginner's Guide

Andrew Collier

Introduces readers to Karl Marx the revolutionary. This book covers the various elements of marxist thought, from the early writings to such texts as "Capital" and the themes of labour and society. It explores the traditional notion of Marx the activist and probes the apparent inconsistencies in his work.

The Book

Although one of the most influential thinkers of the last millennium, Karl Marx was relatively unheralded during most of his lifetime. Famous for predicting the inevitable demise of capitalism, it was only after his death that his immortal clarion call reached a wide audience: "Workers of the world unite - you have nothing to lose but your chains."

Andrew Collier breathes new life into the achievements of Karl Marx, arguing that his work is still of vital relevance in today's global climate of inequality. Covering all the elements of Marxist thought from his early writings to his masterpiece, Das Kapital, Collier probes the apparent inconsistencies in Marx's work and reclaims him as a philosopher and political theorist. This jargon-free introduction is a timely reminder of his undiminished influence, and will fascinate students, activists and interested readers alike.

Additional Information

Series Beginner's Guides
Pages 192
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Andrew Collier is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton. He is the author of several books including Christianity and Marxism and In Defence of Objectivity


"A superb new introduction to Marx's thought. Andrew Collier draws readers into this discussion with the relaxed grace and wit of a valued conversation partner, and demonstrates why Marxian thought continues to find an audience in the twenty-first century." Mark Rupert, Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University and author of Ideologies of Globalization"Collier has written a first-rate introduction to Karl Marx. He surveys the full range of Marx's writings with lucidity and intelligence." Warren Breckman, Associate Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania, and author of Marx, the Young Hegelians, and the Origins of Radical Social Theory