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Analytical Marxism : Studies in Marxism & Social Theory - John E. Roemer

Analytical Marxism

Studies in Marxism & Social Theory

By: John E. Roemer (Editor), G. A. Cohen (Editor), Jon Elster (Editor)

Paperback Published: 12th May 1986
ISBN: 9780521317313
Number Of Pages: 320

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As John Roemer says in his introduction to this volume, 'During the past decade, what now appears as a new species in social theory has been forming: analytically sophisticated Marxism. Its practitioners are largely inspired by Marxian questions which they pursue with contemporary tools of logic, mathematics, and model building ... These writers are, self-consciously, products of both the Marxian and non-Marxian traditions.' This volume assembles substantial and original essays, both published and unpublished, by some of the leading practitioners of 'analytical Marxism'. The essays discuss a number of the fundamental issues of Marxian thought as well as questions that conventional Marxists see no need to raise. They exemplify the ways in which analytical Marxists are beginning to reinvigorate the Marxian tradition and, in doing so, to break down the barriers that have divided it from other forms of social theory. The volume will make an excellent textbook and an ideal introduction to this new approach.

'Analytical Marxism succeeds splendidly. The fourteen essays by eight contributors are all rigourous. Several are elegant. The collection is fruitfully interdisciplinary, with philosophy, economics, political science, history, and sociology represented.' Ethics 'Cohen, Elster, and Roemer ... have done much of what they set out to do; they have extracted the academically reputable elements of Marxism and presented them lucidly and coherently.' Alan Ryan, London Review of Books

About the authorsp. 1
Introductionp. 3
Historical materialismp. 9
Forces and relations of productionp. 11
The social basis of economic developmentp. 23
The theory of combined and uneven development: a critiquep. 54
Marxist ideas in development economics: an evaluationp. 64
Classp. 79
New directions in the Marxian theory of exploitation and classp. 81
What is middle about the middle class?p. 114
Three challenges to classp. 141
Material interests, class compromise, and the transition to socialismp. 162
Methodp. 189
'Rational choice' Marxism: some issues of method and substancep. 191
Further thoughts on Marxism, functionalism, and game theoryp. 202
Marxism and functional explanationp. 221
Justicep. 235
The structure of proletarian unfreedomp. 237
Should Marxists be interested in exploitation?p. 260
Marx and equalityp. 283
Bibliographyp. 304
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ISBN: 9780521317313
ISBN-10: 0521317312
Series: Studies in Marxism & Social Theory
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 12th May 1986
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.04 x 15.42  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.53