Marx for Our Time : Adventures and Misadventures of a Critique

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  • Copyright: 2002-10-17
  • Publisher: Verso

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Without denying the contradictory character of Marx s thought, the French philosopher Daniel Bensaid sets out to demonstrate that it was not a philosophy of the end of history, an empirical sociology of classes, or a positive science of economics positing an inexorable progress towards an ineluctable communism. Instead, Marx's 'critique of political economy' encompassed three great critiques of the scientific and political canons of its age -- historical reason, sociological rationality and scientific positivism -- which make this 19th-century thinker relevant to the 21st century of global capitalism. Indeed, we find here a 'post-postmodern Marx' inhabiting a contemporary world replete with contingency, crisis and contradiction. Bensaid's book is an invitation to rediscover our foremost contemporary thinker, Karl Marx.

Author Biography

Daniel Bensaid teaches philosophy at the University of Paris VIII.

Table of Contents

Preface to the English Edition: The Archipelago of a Thousand Marxisms ix
The Inaudible Thunder 1(6)
Part I -- From the Sacred to the Profane: Marx's Critique of Historical Reason 7(88)
A New Way of Writing History
Time Out of Joint (On Analytical Marxism)
A New Appreciation of Time
Part II -- Struggle and Necessity: Marx's Critique of Sociological Reason 95(106)
Classes, or The Lost Subject
Class Struggle is No Game (Marx contra Game Theory and Theories of Justice)
Whatever Happened to Class?
Part III -- The Order of Disorder: Marx's Critique of Scientific Positivism 201(160)
Doing Science Differently
A New Immanence
The Distress of Historical Logic
Choreographies of Chaos
The Torment of Matter (Contribution to the Critique of Political Ecology)
Bibliography 361(14)
Index 375

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