Introduction to Marxism

The most fundamental question in philosophy is about the connection between human beings and the universe in which we exist, between reality and our understanding of it, between our being and our consciousness. 

For Marxism, this connection is especially important because we want thinking, acting human beings to change material reality—to create a world free from exploitation and all forms of oppression. 

Introductory and general reading

VI Lenin,‘Karl Marx:A Brief Biographical Sketch with an Exposition of Marxism’ (1914), Collected Works Vol.21, and 'The Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism' (1913), Collected Works Vol.19 (both available from the Communist Party’s Classics of Communism range as, On Karl Marx and Marxism, 2007)

K Marx & F. Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party (1848), Collected Works Vol.6 (also available from the as part of the Communist Party’s Classics of Communism range, 2006)

F Engels,‘Principles of Communism’ (1847), Collected Works Vol.6

David McLellan, The Thought of Karl Marx (Papermac, 1980)

Ernst Fischer, Marx in His Own Words (Penguin, 1981)

Mary Davis, Women and Class (Communist Party, 1999)

The Marxist World Outlook

K Marx, 'Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Law. Introduction' (1844), Collected Works Vol.3

K Marx, 'A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy. Part One. Preface' (1859), Collected Works Vol. 29

F Engels,‘Dialectics of Nature’ (1882), Collected Works Vol.25

F Engels, Ludwig Feuerbach and the End of Classical German Philosophy (1888), Collected Works Vol.26

Capitalism and Exploitation