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Single Idea 21998

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / A. Ethics Foundations / 2. Source of Ethics / j. Ethics by convention]

Full Idea

Morality, law and religion are bourgeois prejudices, behind which lurk in ambush just as many bourgeois interests.

Gist of Idea

Bourgeois interests create our morality, law and religion


K Marx / F Engels (The Communist Manifesto [1848], p.230), quoted by Peter Singer - Marx 9

Book Reference

Singer,Peter: 'Marx' [OUP 1996], p.62

A Reaction

The obvious question is whether this creation of values is conscious or unconscious. Personally I believe in conspiracies. Some cynical conversations go on behind the scenes, of which historians will never hear.