A normative or value dimension to marxism: Recent Attempts in the West

A. Belden Fields, Wolf Dieter Narr

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Western Marxist theorists have devoted very little attention to the moral or ethical dimension of their vocation. This is attributed to an attempt to keep Marxism “scientific,” an attempt which is however based upon a false view of science as value free. Two very recent works which have recognized the problem and have attempted to establish a comprehensive Marxist ethical theory are then examined. One attempts to ground a Marxist ethics in the labor theory of value; the other, in group affiliation and relation ships. The theories are described and criticized. The article concludes with a set of propositions which the authors are convinced are essential for orienting future work in this area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)246-253
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Political Science Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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