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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Review: The Philosophy of Marx – Etienne Balibar (Verso, 1997)

At least since Kant, western philosophy has not accepted any theories of objectivity that did not also offer a theory of subjectivity. For Marx, writes Balibar, the proletariat was not really a class at all. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, mwrx, and phone. Also in Radical Thinkers. Additionally, this book requires substantial knowledge of the various strands Marx looked at, and neo-marxists that followed.

Oct 17, Asaad Mahmood rated it it was ok. Marx therefore had to redefine one to redefine the other. This book while marked as an introduction to philoso;hy Philosophy of Marx has two functions: Thus came the debates on where the revolution could take place-in only the most advanced capitalist societies?

As vehemently as he had renounced philosophy in the Thesis, Balibar contends, Marx was already reverting to it with this new work. However, events have freed us from commitment to the past and we can tackle Marx in new ways.


He examines all the key areas of Marx’s writings, including his early works, “The Communist Manifesto,” “The German Ideology” and “Capital,” explaining their wider historical and theoretical context.


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Ping He – – Frontiers of Philosophy in China 2 2: The young Marx proposed a history of evolutionary schemes, social formulations based on their mode of production, that was intended to be evaluative of a society’s economic development. The Thesis on Feuerbach proclaims that philosophy is a pointless attempt to describe the world as if it were a static thing. So Balibar does seek to place Marx in his own historical context but denies the importance of practiced Marxism: A Reader Rodolfo D.

History burdened Marx with any number of crises in maintaining this belief. And of course, read Marx’s own writings. Marx, however, seems to indicate unsure of this: Please try again later. NOT, as I keep seeing it referred to as, a useful first introduction to Marx or Marxism; more a way to restructure an existing understanding from a different conceptual direction. Feb 13, Ty rated it liked it.

Balibar largely became involved with Marxism from Althusser’s lectures on Das Kapital. Jan 11, tom bomp rated it liked it Shelves: The book is quite excellent in discussing the background of the Marx especially in compared to a lot of what you would get in a dismissive general theory textbook. I don’t like this book. May 26, Vince rated it it was ok. Patti Lather – – Educational Philosophy and Theory 35 3: His work would never be complete, his thought would be one that would never reach an absolute conclusion.


This covers Marx’s use of dialectics and how a sense of motion pervades his thinking. Also I can suggest reading his work ov Kapital with Althusser and some of his reflections on Dictatorship of the Proletariat. It was very hard to follow the arguments made with reference to figures such as Hegel, Benjamin, or Lenin without substantial introduction of these figures.

‘The Philosophy of Marx’ by Étienne Balibar – TheoryLeaks

Want to Read saving…. I’m being a bit pedantic here since it’s not a subject he spends more than two lines on, but it serves as an example of what kind of tradition Balibar is coming from.

For Balibar, Marx is a thinker frequently switching or and forth from phiilosophy to philosophy and in so doing arriving at a meta-critique of philosophy that changed the western tradition forever.

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

You may say, “Slim volume written by a prominent thinker who is also actually an activist.

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