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Finding Oneself in the Other$
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G. A. Cohen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691148809

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691148809.001.0001

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Isaiah’s Marx, and Mine

Isaiah’s Marx, and Mine

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(p.1) Chapter One Isaiah’s Marx, and Mine
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Finding Oneself in the Other
Author(s):

G. A. Cohen

, Michael Otsuka
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691148809.003.0001

This chapter compares and contrasts between the perspectives of the author (G. A. Cohen) and of his mentor, Isaiah Berlin, on the thought of Karl Marx. The discussion is intertwined with the author's personal experiences and impressions of Berlin, as well as the former's own struggles to better understand Marx. For the author, nothing was more fundamental to Marx's motivation than his perception of the misery which the capitalism of his day imposed upon the working class. In this way Cohen disagrees with Berlin's own view of the relationship in Marx's thought between the march of history and the cause of the proletariat.

Keywords:   Karl Marx, Marxism, Isaiah Berlin, moral philosophy, political philosophy, capitalism

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