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Single Idea 5300

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 5. Aims of Philosophy / a. Philosophy as worldly]

Full Idea

The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.

Gist of Idea

Philosophers have interpreted the world, but the point is to change it


Karl Marx (Theses on Feuerbach [1846], §XI)

Book Reference

Marx,K./Engels,F.: 'The German Ideology', ed/tr. Arthur,C.J. [Lawrence and Wishart 1985], p.123

A Reaction

The 'point' of what? Personally I am more with Aristotle - that the aim is to create a society in which we can all aspire to contemplate like gods. As an interim statement of aim, though, one must respect Marx. But was he a philosopher?