(Mis)readings of Marx in Continental Philosophy

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-10-07
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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In the context of renewed attempts to theorise a crisis-prone capitalism, (Mis)readings of Marx in Continental Philosophy critically reflects on the ways in which major continental philosophers related to the theoretical and political legacy of Karl Marx, and identifies new possibilities for combining Marx's insights with those of recent continental thought. For a generation of leading European philosophers in the twentieth century, Marxism was no longer an unsurpassable horizon but a horizon in need of surpassing. The book provides striking new critical readings of the role of Marx in the work of these thinkers, their Marxist predecessors and their post-Marxist followers. It brings together both leading and emerging figures in continental philosophy and Marxism to address the interpretations of Marx offered by major European thinkers of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries: Benjamin, Adorno, Arendt, Althusser, Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze, Negri, Badiou, Agamben, Rancière, Latour and Žižek.

Author Biography

Jernej Habjan is Research Fellow at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slovenia. He has previously held a postdoctoral position in the DFG Research Training Group 'Globalization and Literature' at LMU Munich. In 2015, he will be Research Fellow at IFK Vienna.

Jessica Whyte is Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Social Analysis at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. She has published widely in political theory, continental philosophy, and theories of sovereignty and human rights. She is the author of Catastrophe and Redemption: The Political Thought of Giorgio Agamben (2013).

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction; Jernej Habjan and Jessica Whyte
1. A Historical Materialism with Romantic Splinters: Walter Benjamin and Karl Marx; Michael Löwy
2. Adorno's Account of the Anthropological Crisis and the New Type of Human; Massimiliano Tomba
3. The Republican and the Communist: Arendt Reading Marx (Reading Arendt); Charles Barbour
4. Ricardo – Marx // Foucault – Althusser; Rastko Mocnik
5. Foucault Against Marxism: Althusser Beyond Althusser; Mark G. E. Kelly
6. Deleuze and Guattari and Minor Marxism; Eugene W. Holland
7. The Grundrisse Beyond Capital? Negri's Marx and the Problem of Value; Dave Eden
8. The Eighteenth Brumaire of Jacques Derrida; Jernej Habjan
9. The Visibility of Politics: Jacques Rancière's Challenge to Marxism; Tim Fisken
10. 'I, Ideology, Speak.' Elements of Žižek's Ideological Prosopopoeia; Simon Hajdini
11. 'Man Produces Universally': Praxis and Production in Agamben and Marx; Jessica Whyte
12. The Discreet Charm of Bruno Latour; Benjamin Noys
13. The Fate of the Generic: Marx with Badiou; Bruno Bosteels

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