Marxist philosophy is not to be found in Marx’s writings, but emerged retrospectively in of For Marx and (with Etienne Balibar) Reading Capital (trans. ETIENNE BALIBAR. “Succinct and informative”. Fredric Jameson. “A trenchant and exciting analysis of the philosophy of Marx”. Immanuel Wallerstein. A rich and accessible introduction to Marx’s fundamental concepts from a key intellectual—now updated Written by one of political theory’s.

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Karl Marx in 19th Century Philosophy. The only guide to Marx that the student and scholar will need: He is only concerned with the abstractions that emerge from Marx’s own development.

Subjectivity was founded in relation to this object and was itself exchangeable. As vehemently as he had renounced philosophy in the Thesis, Balibar contends, Marx was already reverting to it with this new work. It seems many of the historical problems of the Paris Commune may have complicated Marx’s view, something that Balibar himself suggests. While it does touch on this points as each element is intertwined with the others, it is specifically about philosophy in the narrow sense.

While it does touch on this points as each element is intertwined with the others, it is specifically about philosophy in the narrow sense. And it was Marx’s starting point that the proletariate was without ideology, being simply too trodden to have any, and so were the triggers to change and the classless society. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

This book can turn philosophg way you approach Marx on its head, and in the process give you a better understanding of his ideas on political economy. Balibar really makes Marx speak to the history of philosophy in a fascinating way. If I were to give this book to the average reader who has no philpsophy of Marx I know very well what that they wouldn’t be able to get through the first 5 pages of the book. So your implying its obtuse?


‘The Philosophy of Marx’ by Étienne Balibar

If you’re looking for an introduction or guide to Marx, this book is not it. It’s introductory elements are sound, but this text is NOT an introduction to Marxist philosophy as you can tell by the my critique. Refresh and try again. Notify me of new posts via email.

Providing a lucid and accessible introduction to Marx, complete with pedagogical boxes, a chronology and guides to further reading, Etienne Balibar makes the most difficult areas of his philosophy easy to understand.

The Philosophy of Marx

There is a lot of modern philosopby studies to confirm this. Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: It is vital, however, to notice that philosophy is specific here. The first is a critique of the eienne tradition that oscillates between a flat out rejection of the tradition in the Thesis on Feurerbach to a more nuanced balance between theory and action in The German Ideology, in which philosophy is, perhaps unintentionally, reimbraced.

And of course, read Marx’s own writings.

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I was scanning for his Spinoza book to not-buy in its place. It serves as a good introduction to academic debates within Marxism e. Mar 07, Robert rated it it was amazing. Thus came the debates on where the revolution could take place-in only the most advanced capitalist societies?

So why is Marxism an improbable philosophy today? Read it Forward Read it first.

At least, I am assuming, until a true communism is realized and commodity fetishes no longer hold sway. For Balibar, Marx is a thinker frequently switching back and forth from anti-philosophy to philosophy and od so doing arriving at a meta-critique of philosophy that changed the western tradition forever.


Rather, it was always transforming and in doing so creating new means for its own transformation. To ask other readers questions about The Philosophy of Marxplease sign up.

One of the most influential French philosophers to have emerged from the s, Balibar brings a lifetime of study and expertise to create a brilliantly concise mxrx of Marx that will initiate the student and intrigue the scholar.

Like her supervisor she writes using the same flowery often incomprehensible prose. And here is Marx ensconced not just at the heart of philosophy, but at the heart of its most speculative turn, in which it strives to think its own limits, whether to abolish them or to establish itself on the basis of a recognition of those limits.

Ping He – – Frontiers of Philosophy in China 2 2: Fetishism calls attention to an element of commodity value that is ideological and mystifying but is in no way in conflict with the larger analysis of capital and class emergence.

Furthermore, the block inserts on Gramsci, Althusser, Lenin, Benjamin,etc are all excellent in their concision and aid to the controversies of Marxist philosophy.