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Marx in the 21st century, a critical introduction, Sebastiano Maffettone

Marx in the 21st century, a critical introduction, Sebastiano Maffettone
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Marx in the 21st century
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Responsibility statement
Sebastiano Maffettone
Series statement
Ethics, human rights and global political thought
Sub title
a critical introduction
"This book introduces Marx as a political philosopher to the 21st-century reader. Comprehensive, accessible, and engaging in equal parts, it presents an unconventional reinterpretation of class struggle. Maffettone sheds light on Marx the individual, the intellectual, the political leader and icon, and links his lasting legacy to contemporary theories of justice. As one of the most prominent intellectual presences in history, Marx should not be read as a theorist of communism and socialism. Rather, he was, remains today and for the foreseeable future a radical critic of liberalism and capitalism. Within this innovative interpretive framework, he must be kept absolutely present in the analysis of contemporary politics. Under such premise, the volume explores Marx's life, his thoughts, his most important writings, his works on historical materialism and economic theory with a focus on concepts of labour, commerce, capitalism and surplus. The book also includes discussions on the Manuscripts of 1844, the Manifesto of 1848, a brief critical summary of Capital. A truly definitive work on the "phenomenon" that is Marx, this critical introduction will be of immense interest to scholars and researchers of political science, modern history, cultural studies, social anthropology, political philosophy, critical theory, justice, and economics, as well as appeal to the general reader"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Half Title -- Series Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- Preface -- Introduction -- Notes -- Chapter 1: Marx: The individual and the intellectual -- Notes -- Chapter 2: Marx: Main ideas -- Chapter 3: Early years and the birth of communism -- The Hegelian Left -- The Marxian critique of Hegel -- Early communism -- Alienation -- The Manifesto -- After 1848 -- Note -- Chapter 4: Historical materialism and the critique of the economy -- Capital: A summary of the principal arguments -- Volume I. The process of production of capital -- Volume II. The process of circulation of capital -- Volume III. The process of capitalist production as a whole -- Theory of value -- The transformation of values into prices -- Böhm-Bawerk, Sraffa, analytical Marxism, and some results -- In conclusion -- Commodities -- Labor -- Surplus value -- Exploitation -- Marxism and justice -- Historical materialism and the collapse of capitalism -- Marx and the utopian socialists -- Chapter 5: Final Remarks -- Criticisms -- Proposals -- Chapter 6: Epilogue -- Appendix: Selected works by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels -- Bibliography -- Index
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