Host Aled Walker and guests Cameron J. Quinn and Xavier Cohen discuss the life, the work, and the legacy of Karl Marx.
Many famous men and women have found their final rest in Highgate cemetery: Michael Faraday rubs shoulders with George Eliot, Christina Rossetti with Anna Mahler. Yet of all those who lie interred in this forty acre plot, Karl Marx -- and his imposing tomb -- surely casts the greatest shadow. He is one of the most influential and controversial thinkers of the modern age. Upon his gravestone, the following phrase is etched: "The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it." But what did Marx actually write? What were his influences? And have world events since his death serve to strengthen or to undermine his theory of history? Host: Aled Walker (2nd year DPhil, Mathematics, Magdalen College) Guests: Cameron J. Quinn (1st year DPhil, French, Merton College), Xavier Cohen (3rd year undergraduate, PPE, Balliol College)