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Books in brief: Materialism by Terry Eagleton

"The arguments will appear to many readers as refreshingly common sense"

By Alex Dean   February 2017

9780300218800Materialism by Terry Eagleton (Yale, £16.99)

What do Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Ludwig Wittgenstein have in common—beyond the fact they are all philosophers?

In his new book, Terry Eagleton undertakes the ambitious task of showing they were also all materialists. He does not mean that each held a superficial attachment to possessions, but that they believed the material world deserves serious philosophical attention. The job of the philosopher, in Eagleton’s view, should not just be to focus on a “higher plane” of ideas.

Marx set out to dismantle the distinction between the…

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