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Karl Marx : The Burden of Reason (Why Marx Rejected Politics and the Market) - Allan Megill

Karl Marx

The Burden of Reason (Why Marx Rejected Politics and the Market)

Paperback Published: 28th January 2002
ISBN: 9780742511668
Number Of Pages: 400

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Why did Karl Marx want to exclude politics and the market from his vision of a future socialism? In Karl Marx: The Burden of Reason, Allan Megill begins with this question. Megill's examination of Marx's formative writings casts new light on Marx's relation to philosophy and reveals a hitherto largely unknown "rationalist" Marx. In demonstrating how Marx's rationalism permeated his attempts to understand politics, economics, and history generally, Megill forces the reader to rethink Marx's entire intellectual project. While Megill writes as an intellectual historian and historian of philosophy, his highly original redescription of the Marxian enterprise has important implications for how we think about the usability of Marx's work today. Karl Marx: The Burden of Reason will be of interest to those who wish to reflect on the fate of Marxism during the era of Soviet Communism. It will also be of interest to those who wish to discern what is living and what is dead, what is adequate and what requires replacement or supplementation, in the work of a figure who, in spite of everything, remains one of the greatest philosophers and social scientists of the modern world.

Megill's analysis is based on the highest level of scholarly erudition....there is no doubt that in terms of both scholarly references to original materials and thorough guidance to secondary literature, Megill's work is invaluable. ...There is much of value in Megill's book; it deserves the serious attention of anyone interested in Marx, either as a theorist of human history or as a critic of the modern capitalist world.--James L. Hyland "Political Studies Review "

Abbreviationsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
Marx's Rationalism: How the Dialectic Came from the History of Philosophyp. 1
Why Marx Rejected Politicsp. 57
Why Marx Rejected Private Property and the Marketp. 123
The Character and Limits of Marx's Unified Rational History of Humankindp. 181
Conclusion: For and Against Marxismp. 235
A Topically Organized List of Marx's Journalistic Writings of 1842-43p. 271
Notesp. 277
Bibliographyp. 347
Indexp. 353
About the Authorp. 367
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ISBN: 9780742511668
ISBN-10: 0742511669
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 28th January 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.94  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.51