Marxism and the Call of the Future

Conversations on Ethics, History, and Politics

Author: Bob Avakian

Publisher: Open Court Publishing


Category: Philosophy

Page: 314

View: 978

This book offers readers a rare chance to witness a mainstream thinker challenge an outlaw-activist. Avakian and Martin wrestle with big questions that have to do with the state of the world and the possibility for radical change. The scope and relevance of Marxism, and the nature and reach of communist revolution, are at the heart of this rich and lively dialogue. Avakian and Martin probe a wide range of issues: the place of ethics in a transformative revolutionary politics; Kant, Rousseau, and Hegel; Marx and the question of colonialism and Eurocentrism; the Maoist experience in China; sustainable agriculture and the task of overcoming the urban-rural divide; imperialism and lopsided development in the world, and the effects on social structure and revolution; animal rights; secularism and religion; the post-911 agenda of the U.S. ruling class, the political-social-cultural landscape of the U.S., and the prospects for resistance and revolution; Marxism and the question of homosexuality; the challenges confronting radical and communist intellectuals and the possibilities for engaged, creative intellectual work today.

Ethical Marxism

The Categorical Imperative of Liberation

Author: Bill Martin

Publisher: Open Court Publishing


Category: Philosophy

Page: 480

View: 200

This book aims to reinvigorate the Marxist project and the role it might play in illuminating the way beyond capitalism. Though political economy and scientific investigation are needed for pure Marxism, Martin’s argument is that the extent to which these elements are needed cannot be determined within the conversations of political economy and other investigations into causal mechanisms. What has not been done, and what this book does, is to argue for the possibility of a rethought Marxism that takes ethics as its core, displacing political economy and "scientific" investigation.

Karl Marx and the Future of the Human

Author: Cyril Smith

Publisher: Lexington Books


Category: Philosophy

Page: 229

View: 525

Cyril Smith shows that Marx developed a far richer and liberatory vision of humanity and the alternative to capital than that which has characterized his followers, and he makes a powerful argument that it is essential to return to Marx's original body of thought in order to reconstitute a viable critique of existing capitalist society.

Reading Negri

Marxism in the Age of Empire

Author: Pierre Lamarche

Publisher: Open Court


Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

View: 897

Antonio Negri is the most important Marxist theorist working today. His writings include novel readings of classical philosophers such as Machiavelli, Descartes, and Spinoza, revolutionary reinterpretations of the central texts of Marx, and works of contemporary political analysis. Negri is known in the English-speaking world primarily through Empire, a work he co-authored with Michael Hardt in 2000 that became a surprise academic best-seller. His other writings, which have great depth and breadth, are equally deserving of attention. While most critical accounts of Negri focus only on Empire, this collection of essays presents readers with a fuller picture of Negri’s thought, one that does justice to his ability to use the great texts of the philosophical tradition to illuminate the present. The collection contains essays from scholars representing a broad spectrum of disciplines and interests, and it offers both criticism of and positive commentary on Negri’s work.

Phenomenology and the Future of Film

Rethinking Subjectivity Beyond French Cinema

Author: J. Chamarette

Publisher: Springer


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 271

View: 827

Using hybrid phenomenological approaches to film, this book focuses on how moving images are 'experienced' and 'encountered' as well as 'read' and 'viewed'. Its close engagements with films and installations by four contemporary French filmmakers explore the limits and possibilities of 'cinematic' subjectivity.

Marxism and the Question of the Asiatic Mode of Production

Author: M. Sawer

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media


Category: Political Science

Page: 252

View: 633

Wherever possible in this monograph I have referred to English trans lations of works originally appearing in other languages. Where this has not been possible, for example with Russian material, I have followed the Library of Congress system of transliteration, but omitted the diacritics. I have also retained the conventional use of 'y' for the ending of certain Russian proper names (e.g., Trotsky not Trotskii). In accordance with the policy of using existing English translations, I have referred to the Martin Nicolaus translation of Marx's Grundrisse, which is relatively faithful to the text. (The Grundrisse, although the Dead Sea Scroll of Marxism, bear all the characteristics of a rough draft, characteristics which are preserved in the Nicolaus translation.) The term 'Marxian' has been employed in the conventional way in this book, to distinguish the views of Marx and Engels from those of their 'Marxist' followers. In preparing this work I have received bibliographical assistance from Professor Israel Getzler, now of the Hebrew University, and critical assistance from Mr Bruce McFarlane of the University of Adelaide and especially from Professor Eugene Kamenka of the Aus tralian National University. Professor Jean Chesneaux of the Sorbonne, as one of the leading participants in the more recent debates discussed here, provided me with some further insight into the issues, and Pro fessor K.A. Wittfogel of Columbia also supplied some valuable in formation.

Forcing the Factory of the Future

Cybernation and Societal Institutions

Author: Bryn Jones

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 300

View: 135

A comparative analysis of the impact of automation and computerisation on the metalworking industry.

Marxism and the French Left

Studies on Labour and Politics in France, 1830-1981

Author: Tony Judt

Publisher: NYU Press


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 351

View: 688

Originally published in New York by Oxford University Press, 1986.

On the Future of History

The Postmodernist Challenge and Its Aftermath

Author: Ernst Breisach

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Category: History

Page: 243

View: 387

Answering questions on the history of postmodernity, Ernst Breisach provides a comprehensive overview of postmodernism and its complex relationship to history and historiography.