Karl Marx And The Capitalist Society Essay

1946 Words Dec 4th, 2016 8 Pages
At one time in society, there was an uneven distribution of power between the ruling class and the class that was being ruled. In these feudal societies, there was very little chance for members of either class to cross over. Then, a drastic change occurred and the ideas of capitalism and industrialization were being introduced all over the world. Some of the societies accepted this change and became what was known as the capitalist society. Many theorists attempt to explain and simplify these social changes. Among them were two of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, Karl Marx and Emile Durkheim.
Karl Marx was born on May 5, 1818 in Trier, Prussia. He was a well-known philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist, and revolutionary who studied law at the University of Bonn. He then switched to philosophy and continued education at Berlin. Together with Friedrich Engels, Marx produced some of his major works ‘The German Ideology’ (1846), ‘The Communist Manifesto’ (1848), and ‘Das Capital’ (1867). ‘Das Capital’ remains to be Marx’s greatest achievement, a powerful insight that attempts to explain the nature of capitalism and how it affects human beings. Karl Marx attempts to view society on a macro-level analysis. Because of some of his work, Marx was exiled and became stateless and spent much of his life in London where Friedrich Engels supported him and his family. Later after the death of his wife, he developed catarrh, which lasted 15 months and…

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