The book opens with Marx. Does this mean this tale will be political and/or philosophical?
Antoine Pallieres, son and heir of old industrial dynasty, is reading Marx. Karl Marx started his career as a philosopher, later becomes a revolutionary communist.
The narrator mentions writings by Marx:The German Ideology and The Eleventh Thesis on Feuerbach. In The German Ideology, a young Marx begins forming his ideas on the history of materialism. Capitalism creates desires and the fulfillment of desires lead to how these desires can be fulfilled for each individual. The labor needed to fulfill the desires would lead to creating oppression. Yikes I am over my head already!
The Eleventh Thesis on Feuerbach contains one of Marx's most memorable remarks: “the philosophers have only interpreted the world, the point is to change it” (thesis 11).
Why do you think the narrator resents this young man so much?
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