SpringerBriefs on Key Thinkers in Education

Karl Marx

The Revolutionary as Educator

Authors: SMALL, ROBIN

  • Presents new scholarship on Karl Marx’s educational ideas, drawing on original sources
  • Brings Marx’s educational ideas to life by setting them in their biographical and historical context
  • Demonstrates Marx’s relevance to the educational issues of the twenty-first century
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This book is an introduction to Karl Marx (1818–1883) as a radical educational thinker. Marx’s own schooling and education are examined and we see how his interest in educational issues was informed by his own experience. Educational themes in Marx’s thinking are identified: the role of education within capitalist society, the contribution of education to human development and the character of education in a future society. These are placed in a historical setting by the author and related to public debates over educational policy.

Throughout his career, Marx identified education as key to the prospects of the working class. The story of this engagement adds a new dimension to the picture of his work as a philosopher, political economist and socialist revolutionary. The aspects of education that concerned Marx matched prominent features of his theoretical and political activity, and educational themes provided him with a critical application for many of his most important ideas.

The author explores Marx’s work on the British factory school system, his use of evidence from the reports of school inspectors, and the contemporary movement that led to the establishment of modern systems of public schooling. The final chapter relates Marx’s thinking to questions about the place of education in today’s society, showing how relevant it is for the twenty-first century.

These discussions contain new scholarship, draw on original sources and are written in a clear and readable style. Students in education courses at universities and colleges, educational researchers and teachers will find this examination of Karl Marx’s ideas concerning education both engaging and enlightening.

About the authors

Robin Small is Professor of Philosophy of Education at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has been president of the Australasian Association for Phenomenology and Social Philosophy, and has published on Hegel, Marx, Husserl and Kafka, as well as in ethics and educational theory.

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eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-7656-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Karl Marx
Book Subtitle
The Revolutionary as Educator
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs on Key Thinkers in Education
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7657-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7657-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-7656-2
Series ISSN
2211-937X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 85
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