Marxism and ethics: Their morals and ours

Date: Saturday 5th November
Time: 15:15 - 17:00
Location: William Penn Suite
Speaker: Ellen Morton

Opponents of Marxism often accuse Marxism of being immoral or a-moral. According to them, Marxists are indifferent to the moral sanctity of the individual, and we are perfectly happy to kill and oppress millions of people to make society conform to our cold ideology.

But is this stereotype of Marxism true? And do capitalism and its apologists really respect the individual any more than Marxism does? What is the real role of morality in class society, if this society is based upon exploitation, poverty and war?

Is there some moral philosophy which can show us the error of our ways and lead us out of the sinfulness of capitalist society, without the need for revolution? And do Marxists have their own morality?

Recommended reading: Marxism and Morality

Recommended watching: Marxism and Morality