Karchagin E.V. Justice and Revolution in K. Marx’s Social Philosophy

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/lp.jvolsu.2018.4.13

Evgeny V. Karchagin

Doctor of Sciences (Philosophy), Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology, Volgograd State Technical University
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Abstract. The article deals with the relationship between the terms "justice" and "revolution" by K. Marx. According to some researchers, there is no the idea of justice in K. Marx's writings. The article proves that in the origins of creativity, as well as in Marx's early biography, there is an indication of his connection with the issue of justice. Marx writes about justice only in "Poverty of Philosophy" and "Capital". All the main quotations from the Karl Marx's writings, where the term "justice" is mentioned, are given and analyzed. As a result of the analysis, it is concluded that if justice is understood as an idea related to the distribution of social benefits, as a justification of a sociocultural order, then it becomes obvious that a discourse on justice is present in Marx's works.Although Karl Marx spoke negatively about the very idea of justice, in his philosophy revolution is nothing but a transition from the capitalist order to the communist one, that is, a necessary means of real justice. K. Marx's communism implicitly represents an "ideal" expression of justice. It is based on the Marxist concept of the true nature of man and his needs, that is, a definite picture of what should be - what isman and what, therefore, society must be if it wants to correspond to this true nature of man. At the same time, the most important modern socio-political term "inclusion" does not make much sense in a Marxist perspective. Class conflict involves class antagonism and cannot be considered in the category of inclusion. Thus, revolution as a way to achieve true justice represents, in terms of Ranciere, genuinely political action.

Key words: justice, revolution, Marxism, Marx, social order.

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