Alienation and Emancipation in the Work of Karl Marx

 
 
Palgrave MacMillan (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 10. Dezember 2019
 
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  • Softcover
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  • 368 Seiten
978-1-349-95912-9 (ISBN)
 
This book considers Karl Marx's ideas in relation to the social and political context in which he lived and wrote. It emphasizes both the continuity of his commitment to the cause of full human emancipation, and the role of his critique of political economy in conceiving history to be the history of class struggles. The book follows his developing ideas from before he encountered political economy, through the politics of 1848 and the Bonapartist "farce,", the maturation of the critique of political economy in the Grundrisse and Capital, and his engagement with the politics of the First International and the legacy of the Paris Commune. Notwithstanding errors in historical judgment largely reflecting the influence of dominant liberal historiography, Marx laid the foundations for a new social theory premised upon the historical consequences of alienation and the potential for human freedom.
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2019
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XXVI, 342 p.
  • Höhe: 210 mm
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  • Breite: 148 mm
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  • Dicke: 19 mm
  • 476 gr
978-1-349-95912-9 (9781349959129)
10.1057/978-1-137-57534-0
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George C. Comninel is Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Politics at York University, Canada. He is the author of Rethinking the French Revolution: Marxism and the Revisionist Challenge (1987), as well as articles and chapters on feudalism, the politics of the French Revolution, and Marx's thought.


1. Introduction.- 2. Approaching Marx's Theory.- 3. Emancipation in Marx's Early Work.- 4. The Developing Conception of Historical Materialism.- 5. Problems of The German Ideology.- 6. The German Ideology vs. Historical Materialism.- 7. The Puzzle of the Manifesto of the Communist Party.- 8. Debating Marx's Conception of Class in History.- 9. Historical Materialism and the Specificity of Capitalism.- 10. Capital as a Social Relation.- 11. Capital and Historical Materialism.- 12. Marx and the Politics of the First International.- 13. Marx and Social Theory.
"With such balanced prose and precise argumentation there are few words fit for purpose other than to declare that with Alienation and Emancipation in the Work of Karl Marx, George Comninel has produced a simply exquisite book. Without hyperbole, it ranks among some of the finest scholarship I have encountered in the past decade." (Scott Timcke, Marx and Philosophy, June 12, 2020)
"This is a skilled and dedicated work of scholarship that will serve anyone interested in deeper engagement with Marx's works in their own terms very well. ... the lively style and illuminating historical analysis will provide fresh insights for readers of all levels of familiarity with the First International's best known thinker." (Jules Joanne Gleeson, Tribune, July 8, 2019)
This book considers Karl Marx's ideas in relation to the social and political context in which he lived and wrote. It emphasizes both the continuity of his commitment to the cause of full human emancipation, and the role of his critique of political economy in conceiving history to be the history of class struggles. The book follows his developing ideas from before he encountered political economy, through the politics of 1848 and the Bonapartist "farce", the maturation of the critique of political economy in the Grundrisse and Capital, and his engagement with the politics of the First International and the legacy of the Paris Commune. Notwithstanding errors in historical judgment largely reflecting the influence of dominant liberal historiography, Marx laid the foundations for a new social theory premised upon the historical consequences of alienation and the potential for human freedom.

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