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Their Morals and Ours

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Explains how morality is rooted in the interests of contending social classes. With a reply by the pragmatist philosopher John Dewey and a Marxist answer to Dewey by George Novack.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Pathfinder Press (NY) (first published January 1st 1973)
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Nate
Nov 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Marxists who need a lighter read
Morality bears a class character, refelcting the class character of our society. This short work by Trotsky cuts through the moral indictments against Marxism and socialism waged by the ruling class and those affected by its ideology.
Baran Şen
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahlak kavramı ve "Amaç araçları haklı çıkarır." konuları üzerine yapılan tartışmalara yapılan en parlak katkılardan biri. Her zamanki mükemmel kalemiyle Troçki, amacın aracı haklı çıkarması yanında özel olarak amacın haklılığına ve kim, hangi toplumsal sınıf tarafından sahiplenildiğine bakılarak karar verilmesi gerektiğini savunuyor. Sınıf savaşında farklı kamplar aynı aracı kullansalar da değerlendirme kıstası olarak bu bahsettiğim amacın haklılığı üzerinden yapılan kavrama formülü oldukça zihi ...more
Donna Davis
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It clears up a lot of confusion. If your thinking is out of kilter a bit from that of the standard legal definitions, first of all...be careful? Are you exercising what is really your moral code, or are you giving yourself an excuse to misbehave? I once read the riot act to a teenage shoplifter who claimed to be opposing capitalism. No, generally stealing is just stealing.

But once in awhile, Trotsky says, there are moments when the Marxist steps away from conventional modes. He tells us about rh
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Marta Kazic
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
fascinating.

not how i'd live my life but goddamn fascinating.
Ollie
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
It’s often hard to find the right sentence to start these reviews, but in this case, John Dewey has done the work for me. His section of this book starts with the statement, “The relation of means and ends has long been an outstanding issue in morals.” And that’s what Their Morals and Ours is really about. As the Moscow show trials were underway and Stalin’s atrocities became more obvious, the question arose whether Stalin’s actions were really that much different from Trotsky’s or Lenin’s.

Of co
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Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
S'ok.
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Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics, philosophy
The core of the book is a pamphlet authored by Leon Trotsky during his exile following the Russian Revolution and its integration into whatever we should call the Soviet Union.

In reaction to false equivalences between Bolshevism and Stalinism, uttered by liberals, Trotsky wrote about morality from a dialectical perspective (a primer in dialectic method might be a good prelude to this pamphlet). There is yet value in the invitation to examine 'official' morality, whose ends it serves, and who is
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V.
Jun 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I recently reread this book and got MUCH more from it than I did reading it the first time a few years ago, when I really didn't understand dialectics. This book is incredible.
James Richardson
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A solid defense of Marxism and Bolshevism and an attack on Stalinism which is/was nothing more than a new aristocracy with more power than any monarchy ever dream of having.
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