Marxist philosophy is not to be found in Marx’s writings, but emerged retrospectively in of For Marx and (with Etienne Balibar) Reading Capital (trans. ETIENNE BALIBAR. “Succinct and informative”. Fredric Jameson. “A trenchant and exciting analysis of the philosophy of Marx”. Immanuel Wallerstein. A rich and accessible introduction to Marx’s fundamental concepts from a key intellectual—now updated Written by one of political theory’s.

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Still let us return to a structured critique of the book instead of balibad to the Balibar’s other works that inform it. It isn’t I think however a comprehensive dissection of Marx’s philosophy.

The Philosophy of Marx by Étienne Balibar

Indeed, for Kant, representation, a type of interpretation, is constituted by subjectivity. Balibar really makes Marx speak to the history of philosophy in a fascinating way. Indeed, you would have to familiar with the primary texts and a good bit of post-structuralist and post-Marxist jargon to get past parts of the last chapter.

Wujin Yu – – Frontiers of Philosophy in China 4 3: This is a useful discussion of some aspects of Marx as a philosopher from a leading French academic on the subject.

‘The Philosophy of Marx’ by Étienne Balibar

Marx was at his most anti-philosophical, perhaps predictably, upon immediately turning away from philosophical academia. Materialism for Marx is not something based on independent static material objects interacting with each through external links. It is vital, however, bwlibar notice that philosophy is specific here. In the proletariat, Marx saw a social group so utterly deprived of all status and essence that they might be able philosopyh potentially absorb all essence.

May 26, Vince rated it it thee ok. He see these as opposed, perhaps because Balibar accept’s Althusser’s conception that ideology is totalizing. The first is a critique of the western tradition that oscillates between a flat out rejection of the tradition in the Thesis on Feurerbach to a more nuanced balance between theory and action in The German Ideology, in which philosophy is, perhaps unintentionally, reimbraced. In particular that on Time and Progress.


The Philosophy of Marx

What if the problem that Marx was trying to reconcile resolves itself in practice. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. I think this is a misunderstanding of what an evolutionary etifnne is. If you want a ready an interesting and provocation, but brief philosophical treatise on Marx, do read Balibar. Great exposition of Marxist philosophy.

Jan 07, Pages. I really enjoyed this book. Science Logic and Mathematics. The only guide to Marx that the student and scholar will need: It is vital, however, to notice that philosophy is specific here. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Additionally, this book requires substantial knowledge of the various strands Marx looked at, and neo-marxists that followed. This seems to be consistent with Marx’s intention and his economics but removes the problem Balibar is placing on him by accepting an essentially Hegelian dialectical problem.

Materialism, as historically understood, was just another form of dreamy, foppish idealism. One of the most influential French philosophers to have emerged from the s, Balibar brings a lifetime of study and expertise to create a brilliantly concise portrait of Marx that will initiate the student and intrigue the scholar.

In discussing ideology Balibar seems to indicate that it is conflict with fetishism in Marx’s work.

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If you want a ready an interesting and provocation, but brief philosophical treatise on Marx, do read Balibar. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Apr 25, Michael Di benedetto rated it it was amazing.

And this present is itself constantly transforming in ways determined not by consciousness but by the process of production. Sep 17, Pages Buy.

The fact remained for Marx, however, that successive social regimes, from the slave societies of the ancient world to the nascent European capitalism of his time, had maintained the distinction between praxis and poesis- intellectual and physical labor.


If you need some introductory guidance on Marx, I’d recommend Collier’s excellent “Marx: I prefer to conclude with a more succinct remark by Balibar: So this brings me to Etienne Balibar, student of the infamous anti-humanist and structuralist Marxist Louis Althusser.

This book while marked as an introduction to the Philosophy of Marx has two functions: Sep 17, Pages. Looking for More Great Reads?

This is particularly true in the last section, which, despite the clear and generally readable translation of Chris Turner, comes off as muddled. Marx makes the dangerously philosophical point that the world is ever-changing, so the attempt to describe reality is a pointless celebration of individualistic interpretations of the world. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Google Books no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use or if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.

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To ask other readers questions about The Philosophy of Marxplease sign up. The book is quite excellent in discussing the background of the Marx especially in compared to a lot of etidnne you would get in a dismissive general theory textbook.

Ping He – – Frontiers of Philosophy in China 2 2: You are commenting using your Facebook account. Balibar is nevertheless cheerful about the implications of this. Oct 14, Tommy rated it it was amazing. Balibar is a student of Louis Althusser, the notorious French philosopher. A Beginner’s Guide” instead. It was very hard to follow the arguments made with reference to figures such as Hegel, Benjamin, or Lenin without substantial introduction of these figures.