Marxism and the Moral Point of View
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Wood, of course, realized and indeed stressed what is patently evident anyway-that Marx's "writings are filled with bitter denunciations of the capitalist system and its defenders, as well as extravagant praise for the radical working class movement and for those whom he views as its legitimate representatives". The moral belief 'Capitalism robs the workers' could serve the interests of the working class and thus be a bit of working-class ideology and still be a justified moral belief-justifiable, that is, from a disinterested point of view. In the long history of philosophical disputes about determinism and moral responsibility, compatibilism is perhaps not a clear winner, but particularly in some of its recent sophisticated and nuanced formulations, it has been made very plausible indeed in spite of its initial counter-intuitiveness to someone first coming to philosophy. The actual argument for the superiority of socialist principles and conceptions of justice over conservative or liberal ones still has to be made.