Karl Marx : An Atheist And Materialist

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Tiffany Conover
Susan Ascher
HUM-2249-06Z
September 29, 2014

Karl Marx

Karl Heinrich Marx was born on May 05, 1818 in Trier, Germany to Heinrich Marx, a lawyer, and Henriette Presburg Marx, a Dutchwoman. The eldest of five children, Marx was baptized Jewish as his parents however; attended a Lutheran elementary school. He soon rejected both the Christian and Jewish religions, becoming an atheist and materialist. Marx claimed that "Religion is the opium of the people” (Karl) He later attended Friedrich Wilhelm Gymnasium where he met his childhood sweetheart and future wife, Jenny Von Westphalen. They married June 19, 1843 and later had seven children together.
During his time spent at Bonn University, Marx studied jurisprudence, since it was his father’s wish for him to become a lawyer. Marx was more interested however, in philosophy and literature. He spent most of his time there writing poetry, but mainly focused on drinking and spending time with friends. Later he was transferred to the University of Berlin to focus on philosophy, ethics and politics. He soon became a member of the well-known group called the Young Hegelian circle. This helped Marx focus on his studies and guided him in the right direction. After four years of attendance in 1841 he graduated and was awarded with a degree for being a doctor of philosophy. (Karl)
Karl Marx was known for being a founder of scientific socialism. His ideas commonly known as Marxism “form the foundation of socialist and…

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