WSG5: MARXISM & PHILOSOPHY IN THE 21ST CENTURY: MATERIALISM & IDEALISM
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In Marxism & Philosophy in the 21st Century: Materialism & Idealism, C. Ritchie accessibly considers the history of philosophy in relation to Marxism. Ritchie describes the differences between Ancient Greek atomists, empiricism, 18th and 19th century idealists, metaphysics, Descartes, materialism, and post-modernism. Ritchie considers the modern understanding of freedom, and the difference between choice and variety. He also examines Antonio Gramsci’s concept of hegemony, his views on the importance of intellectuals.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
C. Ritchie has written on other aspects of Marxism, as well as two books and many articles on comedy. He has had 30 jobs, was a lecturer for over a decade, and worked extensively in the catering industry. C Ritchie now runs AVzounds.co.uk a spoken word/music production company, mixing ‘radical speech with lo-life beats.’ He lives near the River Tees.
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