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today’s birthday: Karl Marx (1818)


Karl Marx (1818)

Though largely ignored during his lifetime, Marx was perhaps one of the most influential figures in history. His ideas, particularly those he expounded in his two most notable works, The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital, have become the core intellectual tradition for communism and socialism, and many scholars consider him the founder of economic history and sociology. His philosophy significantly influenced communist thinking for the next century. What anarchist was his enemy? More… Discuss

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today’s birthday: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770)


Hegel

Hegel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770)

Hegel was an influential German philosopher who developed the Hegelian dialectic, according to which a thesis, such as “being,” inevitably generates its antithesis, “not-being.” The interaction of the two forms a synthesis, “becoming,” which, in turn, becomes a new thesis that generates an antithesis, and so on. He used the dialectic to explain everything from nature to history, interpreting the French Revolution as a thesis that generated its antithesis, known as what period in French history? More… Discuss

quotation: Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth – the soil and the labourer. Karl Marx & Frederick Engels (1818-1883)


quotation: Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth – the soil and the labourer. Karl Marx & Frederick Engels (1818-1883)

“Give’m a break quotation!”: Go on, get out. Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough. Karl Marx & Frederick Engels (1818-1883)


Go on, get out. Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.

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SPEAKERS’ CORNER


 

 

Speakers’ Corner

Often a scene of lively debate, a speakers’ corner is an area designated for public speech-making. The northeast corner of London’s Hyde Park may be the most famous speakers’ corner, having hosted such orators as Karl Marx and George Orwell. However, speakers’ corners exist—with varying degrees of freedom—around the world, including countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, and Trinidad and Tobago. One location in the Netherlands, the Spreeksteen of Amsterdam, was created after what notable murder? More… Discuss

Speakers' Corner, Toronto

Speakers’ Corner, Toronto (Photo credit: InSapphoWeTrust)

 

 

Today’s Birthday: Émile Durkheim (1858)


Émile Durkheim (1858)

Along with Max Weber, Durkheim is considered one of the chief founders of modern sociology. His view that the methods of natural science can be applied to the study of society was influenced by the positivist philosophy of Auguste Comte. Durkheim held that the collective mind of society was the source of religion and morality and that the common values developed in society, particularly in primitive societies, are the cohesive bonds of social order. What was Durkheim’s view on crime? More… Discuss