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Karl Marx : our contemporary social theory for a post-Leninist world

Author: Keith Graham
Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, ©1992.
Series: Toronto studies in philosophy.
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The work of Karl Marx is often misunderstood through misleading association with figures such as Lenin. In this new book, Marx's philosophy is examined in its own right and reassessed for its relevance to contemporary conditions. Keith Graham starts by identifying Marx's basic ideas. Reconstructing Marx's philosophical assumptions more explicitly than he did himself, the author then evaluates Marx's general view of  Read more...
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Graham, Keith, 1945-
Karl Marx.
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, ©1992
(OCoLC)741481262
Named Person: Karl Marx
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Keith Graham
ISBN: 0802029213 9780802029218 0802074243 9780802074249
OCLC Number: 26054717
Description: x, 182 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction. 1.1. Background. 1.2. Analytical Marxism. 1.3. Structure of the Book --
2. Basic Ideas. 2.1. Basic Materialism. 2.2. Individuals. 2.3. Classes. 2.4. Classes as Agents. 2.5. Collective Practical Identification. 2.6. Explanation and Rationality --
3. General Theory. 3.1. Synchronic Materialism. 3.2. Explanation in Synchronic Materialism. 3.3. Class in Synchronic Materialism. 3.4. Diachronic Materialism. 3.5. Productive Forces in Diachronic Materialism. 3.6. Class in Diachronic Materialism --
4. Special Theory. 4.1. Capitalism: The Commodity Society. 4.2. Class in Special Theory. 4.3. The Working-Class Collective. 4.4. Exploitation in Special Theory --
5. Practice. 5.1. The Future Society. 5.2. The Route to the Future Society. 5.3. Revolutionary Motivation.
Series Title: Toronto studies in philosophy.
Other Titles: Karl Marx, our contemporary
Responsibility: Keith Graham.

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The work of Karl Marx is often misunderstood through misleading association with figures such as Lenin. In this new book, Marx's philosophy is examined in its own right and reassessed for its relevance to contemporary conditions. Keith Graham starts by identifying Marx's basic ideas. Reconstructing Marx's philosophical assumptions more explicitly than he did himself, the author then evaluates Marx's general view of human life and society, his specific theory of capitalism and his philosophy of change. The importance of class, Marx's materialism and his problematic relationship with morality are described and critically assessed. Arriving at a view quite different from received interpretations, Graham argues that Marx's philosophy has contemporary relevance and survives the collapse of Leninism. It is a philosophy at once more extreme and more moderate than usually thought: more extreme in rejecting all forms of commodity or market society, but more moderate in its choice of the political methods employed for the transcending of capitalism. This is a challenging interpretation of Marxism, invaluable to students and teachers of philosophy, politics, sociology and related disciplines.

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