Date of Award

Fall 2020

Degree Type

Open Access Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Religion, MA


School of Arts and Humanities

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Kevin Wolfe

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Jake Steedman 2020


Marx was a man deeply entrenched in the concrete realities of human activity. His radical engagement with grassroots political movements distinguishes him from other historically acclaimed philosophers. Both a fastidious student of Hegel and an outspoken, prolific journalist, Marx’s thought was uniquely placed at the center of social movements.1

It is perhaps this unique quality of Marx that has made him a pointedly polarizing figure, both now and during his time in the middle to late 19th century. Having radical ideas was not outside the norm of philosophical discourse. But, Marx’s ideas and professional experiences mobilized and instigated social change and revolution, threatening political and religious establishments. The reason Marx’s name carries such poignant connotation in modern America is in part the same reason he was expelled from Paris in 1845. It is also on these grounds that a careful study of Marx is a worthy endeavor.