Articles by Thomas Riggins

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Marxism, the Taliban and Plato
Thomas Riggins – Political Affairs, 5 Aug 2013

The essay deals with Kieran Setiya’s attempt to defend ethical realism (objective moral knowledge is possible) which Simon Blackburn rejects in favor of ethical pragmatism (useful moral knowledge is possible). I think neither of these positions is tenable and the best way to approach ethics is from a Marxist perspective.

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Thomas Riggins, 1 Jun 2009

Things are not always as they appear. In proving this old proverb, Karl Marx explained some key features of capitalism that remain relevant today. Towards the end of the first chapter of Das Kapital, after having established the validity of the labor theory of value, Marx presents a section on the Fetishism of Commodities. Understanding […]

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