Compare And Contrast Karl Marx Essay

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Compare And Contrast Karl Marx


Compare Karl Marx and Max Weber
During the nineteenth century, Karl Marx and Max Weber were two of the most influential
sociologists. Both of them tried to explain social change having place in a society at
that time. Their view on this from one hand is very different, but on the other it had a
lot of similarities.

Weber had argued that Marx was too narrow in his views. He felt that Marx was only
concerned with the economic issues and believed that that issue is a central force that
changed the society. Weber, on the other hand, tried to look at the macro-sociological
phenomenon in his explanation. Weber felt that there is just more than one explanation
about causes of change.

Marx's perspective was not based on the conflict of ideas, but rather on the conflict of
classes. This conflict is the results of a new mode of production. According to Marx,
history would consist of epochs of modes of production. He states that these modes of
production are: primitive communism, slave society, feudalism, capitalism, and then
socialism and communism.

The changes accompany the transition from one epoch to another. In the late nineteenth
century labor has become a commodity to the merchants, and the formation of a new mode of
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