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  • Translator's Note Foreword by Roland Boer Introduction 1. Text and Context 2. Canon 3. Exodus 4. Covenant 5. Creation 6. Anthropology (Gn 2-4) 7. Entry 8. The Real Israel Postscript 1. Paul and the Messianic Community Postscript 2. Though he liberated others, he could not liberate himself References Index.
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The present work argues that biblical theology is the attempt to update the language of the message . It is the work of translation: it searches for a language that attends to the concerns of today s world while preserving the concerns that originally motivated biblical language.".
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  • Prologue to Peripheral Marxism by Michael Lowy Preface to the English-Language Edition Preface to the Original Edition in German Preface to the Spanish-Language Edition Introduction: From Eurocentric to peripheral Marxism Part I: HISTORICAL AND THEORETICAL CONTEXT 1. The Life and Work of Adolfo Sanchez Vazquez Beginning of the biography The Spanish Civil War The first period in Mexico, exile The 'new theoretical and practical posture' 2. The Life and Work of Bolivar Echeverria The period in West Germany and West Berlin From the divided city to the Mexican capital Collaboration on the journal Cuadernos Politicos Back to philosophy 3. The 'State of Art' a) On social philosophy in Latin America b) On Adolfo Sanchez Vazquez and Bolivar Echeverria Part II: ADOLFO SANCHEZ VAZQUEZ: PRAXIS AND KNOWLEDGE 4. The Concept of Praxis a) The term 'praxis' in various European languages b) The terms 'praxis' and 'practica' and the problem of their translation c) General introduction to the concept 5. The Everyday Consciousness of Praxis a) The critique of the everyday consciousness of praxis, or, why is a theoretical understanding of praxis necessary? b) Revolutionary praxis and everyday consciousness Practical politicism and practical apoliticism c) Artistic praxis and everyday consciousness d) Concluding the critique of everyday consciousness 6. The Relationship between Philosophy and Praxis in History a) Antiquity b) The philosophy of praxis 7. The Theses on Feuerbach a) The Position of the Theses on Feuerbach within Marx's work b) Interpretation of the Theses on Feuerbach Praxis as the basis for knowledge (Thesis I) Praxis as a criterion of truth (Thesis II) Revolutionary praxis as the unity of the transformation in human beings and in circumstances (Thesis III) From the interpretation of the world to its transformation (Thesis XI) Epilogue to the Theses on Feuerbach 8. Critique of some Marxist Conceptions of Knowledge a) Critique of certain conceptions of Marxism in general b) Critique of certain Marxist conceptions of knowledge Knowledge as the direct result of world-transformative praxis Knowledge as something achieved exclusively in theory 9. Once Again on the Problem of Knowledge and Praxis a) Materialism and idealism b) Political and productive praxis 10. The Philosophy of Praxis: two versions Part III: BOLIVAR ECHEVERRIA: USE-VALUE AND ETHOS 11. Praxis and Use-Value a) The theory of use-value and the critique of the abstract concept of praxis b) Differences vis-a-vis the concept of praxis in Sanchez Vazquez c) Historical limitations of the Marxian concept of use-value d) The Aristotelian concept of use-value as interpreted by Marx e) Marx as the founder of the critical concept of use-value f) Marx's concept of the natural form and the theory of ethos g) Critique of political economy as critique of modernity 12. Concretisation of the Concept of Praxis a) Reproduction and communication b) Use value and sign c) Marx's theory of tools d) Concept of concrete universalism 13. Modernity and Capitalism a) The critique of actually-existing modernity and the critique of actually existing postmodern thought b) The term 'actually existing modernity' c) Actually existing modernities as basis for a non-capitalist modernity 14. The Concept of Historical Ethos a) On the term ethos Translation problems b) Determination of the concept of 'historical ethos c) The concept of modernity d) The terms 'realist', 'romantic', 'classic', and 'baroque ethos' e) The concept of the four ethe of capitalist modernity as a contribution to a materialist history of culture f) The theoretical positioning and explosive force of the concept of ethos Form of civilisation versus mode of production (for Martin Heidegger) The finite of the dominant modernity and of all capitalist modernities (for Karl Marx) Christianity and capitalism (for Max Weber) Puritanism and realism 15. The Four Ethe of Capitalist Modernity a) The realist ethos b) The romantic ethos c) The classic ethos d) The baroque ethos e) The non-existence of historical ethe in pure form f) Textual variants of the concept of ethos 16. Ethos and Ideology a) Limitations of the concept of ethos b) Contribution to the reconstruction of the concept of ideology in the critique of political economy 1859 Preface to the Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy On the text: "The Fetishism of the Commodity and Its Secret" The fetishism of the commodity The historical dimension of the fetishism of the commodity, or knowledge as a political-practical process On the relation between 'necessity' and 'interest' in the formation or perpetuation of ideologies Capital as a critique of fetishisms c) The concept of ethos as a toned down critique of ideology d) An example of the limitations of the concept of ethos 17. Utopia: A Non-Capitalist Society of Commodity Producers Part IV: ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PRAXIS AND ETHOS 18. Affirmation or Critique of Praxis? 19. The Conceptual Determination of Culture and Nature 20. The Philosophical Critique of Eurocentrism a) On the problem of focusing on European authors b) Critical concept of praxis versus abstract universalism, namely Eurocentrism BIBLIOGRAPHICAL APPENDIX I. Bibliography of Adolfo Sanchez Vazquez II. Bibliography of Bolivar Echeverria III. Selected Bibliography on Marxist Philosophy in Latin America IV. Sources for the Bibliography References Index.
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In this work, Stefan Gandler - coming from the Frankfurt School-tradition - offers an account of the life and philosophy of Adolfo Sanchez Vazquez and Bolivar Echeverria, former senior faculty members at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM).".
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At its most basic, philosophy is about learning how to think about the world around us. It should come as no surprise, then, that children make excellent philosophers! Naturally inquisitive, pint-size scholars need little prompting before being willing to consider life s big questions, however strange or impractical. Plato & Co. introduces children and curious grown-ups to the lives and work of famous philosophers, from Descartes to Socrates, Einstein, Marx, and Wittgenstein. Each book in the series features an engaging and often funny story that presents basic tenets of philosophical thought alongside vibrant color illustrations. In "The Ghost of Karl Marx, " the philosopher is saddened when the town weavers must sell their cloth cheaply to compete with machines. The farmers too cannot sell their crops and have no money to buy new seeds. Forced to leave their work, the townspeople form an angry crowd in front of the factories, but what is to be done when there are so many hungry people and so few jobs to pay for food to eat? Concealed in one of the weavers sheets, the philosopher makes a solemn vow to give this story a happy ending by finding the Market, that infernal magician, and ridding the town of him once and for all. Plato & Co. s clear approach and charming illustrations make this series the perfect addition to any little library.".
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  • Introduction
  • 1. Heidelberg as the Birthplace of Marx's Method
  • 2. Marx and the Civic Humanist Tradition
  • 3. The Disappearance of Marx in Lenin
  • Bibliography.
Marx's Rebellion Against Lenin, by negating the Leninist-Stalinist theory of dialectical materialism and tracing Marx's political philosophy to the Classical Humanism of Aristotle, overthrows the stultifying entrapment of Stalinist Bolshevism and contributes to the revitalization of Marx's method.
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  • Marxism, queer liberalism, and the quandary of two Chinas
  • Chinese queer theory
  • The rise of the queer Chinese novel
  • Genealogies of the self
  • Queer human rights in and against Chinas.
In "Queer Marxism in Two Chinas" Petrus Liu rethinks the relationship between Marxism and queer cultures in mainland China and Taiwan. Whereas many scholars assume the emergence of queer cultures in China signals the end of Marxism and demonstrates China's political and economic evolution, Liu finds the opposite to be true. He challenges the persistence of Cold War formulations of Marxism that position it as intellectually incompatible with queer theory, and shows how queer Marxism offers a nonliberal alternative to Western models of queer emancipation. The work of queer Chinese artists and intellectuals not only provides an alternative to liberal ideologies of inclusion and diversity, but demonstrates how different conceptions of and attitudes toward queerness in China and Taiwan stem from geopolitical tensions. With "Queer Marxism in Two Chinas" Liu offers a revision to current understandings of what queer theory is, does, and can be.".
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  • Prologue: the modern-conservative society framework
  • Eric Williams vs. Juan Bosch: on Caribbean historical fundamentals
  • Eric Williams vs. Frank Tannenbaum: on slave laws, slavery systems, and subsequent race relations
  • Arturo Morales Carrión vs. Gordon K. Lewis: on United States colonialism in Puerto Rico
  • Haiti: the origins of the Caribbean's "terrified consciousness" about race
  • Haitian realities and scholarly myths: a counterintuitive analysis
  • Two popular theories of Caribbean ideology and race relations: Frantz Fanon's theory of liberating violence and the theory of plantation societies
  • C.L.R. James, George Padmore, and the myth of the revolutionary Caribbean
  • What type of socialism? Marxists and social democrats vie for leadership
  • The failure of socialism and "militarism" in Grenada, 1979-83
  • Transcending race: self-interest and self-determination in the non-independent territories
  • Barbados: tradition and modernity in a model small state
  • Cuba, the last holdout: "organic" intellectuals defend the revolution by abandoning Marxist-Leninism
  • Conclusion: confronting the perilous threats of organized crime and energy dependence.
In this book, Anthony Maingot examines the contemporary intellectual, social, economic, and cultural trajectories of Caribbean nations in light of the challenges the region as a whole has faced in the postcolonial era. By focusing on changes since the 1990s in the context of intellectual roots and movements of the past, this manuscript helps define the future course of studies in the field with regard to an empirically-valid, coherent assessment of a complex region.
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  • PrefaceIntroduction: Violence and Politics: Questions1. From Extreme Violence to the Problem of Civility2. Hegel, Hobbes, and the "Conversion of Violence"3. "Inconvertible" Violence? An Essay in Topography4. Strategies of CivilityApr s-Coup: The Limits of Political AnthropologyAppendixNotesIndex.
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In Violence and Civility, tienne Balibar boldly confronts the insidious causes of violence, racism, nationalism, and ethnic cleansing worldwide, as well as mass poverty and dispossession. Through a novel synthesis of theory and empirical studies of contemporary violence, the acclaimed thinker pushes past the limits of political philosophy to reconceive war, revolution, sovereignty, and class. Through the pathbreaking thought of Derrida, Balibar builds a topography of cruelty converted into extremism by ideology, juxtaposing its subjective forms (identity delusions, the desire for extermination, and the pursuit of vengeance) and its objective manifestations (capitalist exploitation and an institutional disregard for life). Engaging with Marx, Hegel, Hobbes, Clausewitz, Schmitt, and Luxemburg, Balibar introduces a new, productive understanding of politics as antiviolence and a fresh approach to achieving and sustaining civility. Rooted in the principles of transformation and empowerment, this theory brings hope to a world increasingly divided even as it draws closer together.
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"As general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and president of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping has delivered many speeches on a broad range of issues. He has offered his thoughts, views and judgments, and answered a series of important theoretical and practical questions about the Party and the country in these changing times. His speeches embody the philosophy of the new central leadership. To respond to rising international interest and to enhance the rest of the world's understanding of the Chinese government's philosophy and its domestic and foreign policies, the State Council Information Office, the Party Literature Research Office of the CPC Central Committee and the China International Publishing Group have worked together to produce this book. The book is a compilation of Xi Jinping's major works from November 15, 2012 to June 13, 2014. It includes, speeches, talks, interviews, instructions, and correspondence for a total of 70 pieces. It also contains 45 pictures of Xi Jinping at work and in daily life with focus on the period since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2012."--From publisher's note.
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  • Machine generated contents note: ch. One The Symbolic Dimension and the Politics of Young Hegelianism
  • The Symbol from Classicism to Romanticism
  • Hegelian Spirit from Symbol to Sign
  • Left Hegelian Desymbolization
  • Feuerbach's Naturalist Symbol
  • Ambiguity and Radical Democracy
  • ch. Two The Fate of the Symbolic from Romantic Socialism to a Marxism in extremis
  • Leroux and the Aesthetic Symbol
  • The Style Symbolique and the Question of Society
  • Marx and the Symbolic
  • Marxism in extremis: Merleau-Ponty, Althusser, Baudrillard
  • ch. Three From the Symbolic Turn to the Social Imaginary: Castoriadis's Project of Autonomy
  • Arrival Points
  • The Imaginary in Context
  • Castoriadis Contra Levi-Strauss
  • Starting Points
  • ch. Four Democracy Between Disenchantment and Political Theology: French Post-Marxism and the Return of Religion
  • Two Turns and a Twist
  • The Thought of the "Political"
  • The Religious and the Political
  • Marcel Gauchet and the Birth of Autonomy from the Spirit of Religion
  • Democracy Against Itself?
  • ch. Five The Post-Marx of the Letter: Laclau and Mouffe Between Postmodern Melancholy and Post-Marxist Mourning
  • The International Career of Hegemony
  • Mourning or Melancholy?
  • The National Contexts of Marxism's Crisis
  • Placing the Post-Marxist Intellectual
  • Trauma and the Post-Marxist Subject: Zizek's "Beyond Discourse-Analysis"
  • ch. Six Of Empty Places: Zizek and Laclau; or, The End of the Affair
  • Zizek the Radical Democrat
  • Politics Needs a Vacuum
  • Partisan Universality
  • Religion Without Religion
  • Holding the Place or Filling It? Yes, Please!.
Marxism's collapse in the twentieth century profoundly altered the style and substance of Western European radical thought. To build a more robust form of democratic theory and action, prominent theorists moved to reject revolution, abandon class for more fragmented models of social action, and elevate the political over the social. Acknowledging the constructedness of society and politics, they chose the "symbolic" as a concept powerful enough to reinvent leftist thought outside a Marxist framework. Following Maurice Merleau-Ponty's Adventures of the Dialectic, which reassessed philosophical Marxism at mid century, Warren Breckman critically revisits these thrilling experiments in the aftermath of Marxism. The post-Marxist idea of the symbolic is dynamic and complex, uncannily echoing the early German Romantics, who first advanced a modern conception of symbolism and the symbolic. Hegel and Marx denounced the Romantics for their otherworldly and nebulous posture, yet post-Marxist thinkers appreciated the rich potential of the ambiguities and paradoxes the Romantics first recognized. Mapping different ideas of the symbolic among contemporary thinkers, Breckman traces a fascinating reflection of Romantic themes and resonances, and he explores in depth the effort to reconcile a radical and democratic political agenda with a politics that does not privilege materialist understandings of the social. Engaging with the work of Claude L vi-Strauss, Cornelius Castoriadis, Claude Lefort, Marcel Gauchet, Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe, and Slavoj Zizek, Breckman uniquely situates these important theorists within two hundred years of European thought and extends their profound relevance to today's political activism.
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  • Notes on Contributors vii Abbreviations of Works by Antonio Gramsci ix Preface xi Acknowledgments xiii Framings 1 "A Barbed Gift of the Backwoods": Gramsci's Sardinian Beginnings 3 Michael Ekers, Gillian Hart, Stefan Kipfer, and Alex Loftus How to Live with Stones 6 John Berger Introduction 13 1 Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics 15 Michael Ekers and Alex Loftus Part I Space 45 2 Traveling with Gramsci: The Spatiality of Passive Revolution 47 Adam David Morton 3 "Gramsci in Action": Space, Politics, and the Making of Solidarities 65 David Featherstone 4 City, Country, Hegemony: Antonio Gramsci's Spatial Historicism 83 5 State of Confusion: Money and the Space of Civil Society in Hegel and Gramsci 104 Geoff Mann Part II Nature 121 6 The Concept of Nature in Gramsci 123 Benedetto Fontana 7 Space, Ecology, and Politics in the Praxis of the Brazilian Landless Movement 142 Abdurazack Karriem 8 On the Nature of Gramsci's "Conceptions of the World" 161 Joel Wainwright 9 Gramsci, Nature, and the Philosophy of Praxis 178 Alex Loftus 10 Difference and Inequality in World Affairs: A Gramscian Analysis 197 Nicola Short 11 Gramsci and the Erotics of Labor: More Notes on "The Sexual Question" 217 Michael Ekers Part III Politics 239 12 Cracking Hegemony: Gramsci and the Dialectics of Rebellion 241 Jim Glassman 13 Gramsci at the Margins: A Prehistory of the Maoist Movement in Nepal 258 Vinay Gidwani and Dinesh Paudel 14 Accumulation through Dispossession and Accumulation through Growth: Intimations of Massacres Foretold? 279 Judith Whitehead 15 Gramsci, Geography, and the Languages of Populism 301 Gillian Hart Conclusion 321 16 Translating Gramsci in the Current Conjuncture 323 Stefan Kipfer and Gillian Hart Index 345.
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This unique collection is the first to bring attention to Antonio Gramsci's work within geographical debates. Presenting a substantially different reading to Gramsci scholarship, the collection forges a new approach within human geography, environmental studies and development theory. * Offers the first sustained attempt to foreground Antonio Gramsci's work within geographical debates* Demonstrates how Gramsci articulates a rich spatial sensibility whilst developing a distinctive approach to geographical questions* Presents a substantially different reading of Gramsci from dominant post-Marxist perspectives, as well as more recent anarchist and post-anarchist critiques * Builds on the emergence of Gramsci scholarship in recent years, taking this forward through studies across multiple continents, and asking how his writings might engage with and animate political movements today* Forges a new approach within human geography, environmental studies and development theory, building on Gramsci's innovative philosophy of praxis.
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In the classic tradition of the philosopher - activist, Daniel Bensaï d tells the story of a life deeply entwined with the history of both the French and the international Left. From his family bistro in a staunchly red neighborhood of Toulouse to the founding of the Jeunesses communistes ré volutionnaires in the 1960s, from the joyous explosion of May 1968 to the painful experience of defeat in Latin America, from the re-reading of Marx to the "Marrano" trail, Bensaï d relates a life of ideological and practical struggle in which he unflinchingly sought to understand capitalism without ever succumbing to its temptations.
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  • List of Abbreviations ix Preface xi 1 Overview of the Argument for Marxian Liberalism 1 2 Marx and Rawls and Justice 29 2.1 Marx's Theory of Capitalism and Its Ideology 30 2.2 Rawls's Theory of Justice as Fairness 39 2.3 Rawls on Marx 52 2.4 Marx and Justice 57 2.5 Marxian Liberalism's Historical Conception of Justice 61 3 The Natural Right to Liberty and the Need for a Social Contract 67 3.1 A Lockean Argument for the Right to Liberty 70 3.2 Our Rational Moral Competence 78 3.3 From Liberty to Lockean Contractarianism 88 4 The Ambivalence of Property: Expression of Liberty and Threat to Liberty 94 4.1 Locke, Nozick, and the Ambivalence of Property 96 4.2 Kant, Narveson, and the Ambivalence of Property 102 4.3 Marx and the Structural Coerciveness of Property 111 5 The Labor Theory of the Difference Principle 122 5.1 The Moral Version of the Labor Theory of Value 123 5.2 The Labor Theory of the Difference Principle 128 5.3 Finding a Just Distribution 133 5.4 Is the Difference Principle Biased? 141 5.5 Answering Narveson and Cohen on Incentives 147 6 The Marxian-Liberal Original Position 158 6.1 Property and Subjugation 160 6.2 The Limits of Property 163 6.3 The Marxian Theory of the Conditions of Liberty 168 6.4 Inside the Marxian-Liberal Original Position 172 6.5 The Difference Principle as a Historical Principle of Justice 183 7 As Free and as Just as Possible: Capitalism for Marxists, Communism for Liberals 190 7.1 The Just State 191 7.2 Capitalism for Marxists 195 7.3 The Marxian-Liberal Ideal: Property-Owning Democracy 197 7.4 Communism for Liberals 204 Conclusion: Marx's "Liberalism, " Rawls's "Labor Theory of Justice" 210 Index 221.
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Grafting the Marxian idea that private property is coercive onto the liberal imperative of individual liberty, this new thesis from one of America's foremost intellectuals conceives a revised definition of justice that recognizes the harm inflicted by capitalism's hidden coercive structures. * Maps a new frontier in moral philosophy and political theory* Distills a new concept of justice that recognizes the iniquities of capitalism* Synthesis of elements of Marxism and Liberalism will interest readers in both camps* Direct and jargon-free style opens these complex ideas to a wide readership.
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  • Acknowledgments Editors' Introduction Note on Sources Abbreviations The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse Correspondence, 1954-78 The Dunayevskaya-Fromm Correspondence, 1959-78 Appendix Marcuse's Preface to Dunayevskaya's Marxism and Freedom Dunayevskaya's Review of Marcuse's Soviet Marxism Dunayevskaya's Review of Marcuse's One-Dimensional Man Fromm's Foreword to the German Edition of Dunayevskaya's Philosophy and Revolution Dunayevskaya's "In Memoriam" to Marcuse Dunayevskaya's "In Memoriam" to Fromm.
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This book presents for the first time the correspondence during the years 1954 to 1978 between the Marxist-Humanist and feminist philosopher Raya Dunayevskaya (1910-87) and two other noted thinkers, the Hegelian Marxist philosopher and social theorist Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979) and the psychologist and social critic Erich Fromm (1900-80), both of the latter members of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory. In their introduction, editors Kevin B. Anderson and Russell Rockwell focus on the theoretical and political dialogues in these letters, which cover topics such as dialectical social theory, Marxist economics, socialist humanism, the structure and contradictions of modern capitalism, the history of Marxism and of the Frankfurt School, feminism and revolution, developments in the USSR, Cuba, and China, and emergence of the New Left of the 1960s. The editors' extensive explanatory notes offer helpful background information, definitions of theoretical concepts, and source references. Among the thinkers discussed in the correspondence - some of them quite critically-- are Karl Marx, G. W. F. Hegel, Rosa Luxemburg, Georg Lukacs, Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, V. I. Lenin, Nikolai Bukharin, Sigmund Freud, Leon Trotsky, Mao Zedong, Daniel Bell, and Seymour Martin Lipset. As a whole, this volume shows the deeply Marxist and humanist concerns of these thinkers, each of whom had a lifelong concern with rethinking Marx and Hegel as the foundation for an analysis of capitalist modernity and its forces of opposition.
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  • AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I. Framed Democracy 1. Imposing Descriptions2. Armed CapitalismPart II. Hermeneutic Communism 3. Interpretation as Anarchy4. Hermeneutic CommunismBibliographyIndex.
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Having lost much of its political clout and theoretical power, communism no longer represents an appealing alternative to capitalism. In its original Marxist formulation, communism promised an ideal of development, but only through a logic of war, and while a number of reformist governments still promote this ideology, their legitimacy has steadily declined since the fall of the Berlin wall. Separating communism from its metaphysical foundations, which include an abiding faith in the immutable laws of history and an almost holy conception of the proletariat, Gianni Vattimo and Santiago Zabala recast Marx's theories at a time when capitalism's metaphysical moorings--in technology, empire, and industrialization--are buckling. While Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri call for a return of the revolutionary left, Vattimo and Zabala fear this would lead only to more violence and failed political policy. Instead, they adopt an antifoundationalist stance drawn from the hermeneutic thought of Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, and Richard Rorty. Hermeneutic communism leaves aside the ideal of development and the general call for revolution; it relies on interpretation rather than truth and proves more flexible in different contexts. Hermeneutic communism motivates a resistance to capitalism's inequalities yet intervenes against violence and authoritarianism by emphasizing the interpretative nature of truth. Paralleling Vattimo and Zabala's well-known work on the weakening of religion, Hermeneutic Communism realizes the fully transformational, politically effective potential of Marxist thought.
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  • Theory, theoretical practice, and theoretical formation : ideology and ideological struggle
  • On theoretical work : difficulties and resources
  • Philosophy and the spontaneous philosophy of the scientists (1967)
  • Lenin and philosophy
  • Is it simple to be a Marxist in philosophy?
  • The transformation of philosophy
  • Marxism today.
Collected here are Althusser's most significant philosophical writings from 1965 to 1978. Intended to contribute, in his own words, to a "left-wing critique of Stalinism that would help put some substance back into the revolutionary project here in the West, " they are the record of a shared history. At the same time they chart Althusser's critique of the theoretical system unveiled in his own major works, and his developing practice of philosophy as a "revolutionary weapon." Attesting to the unique place which Althusser has occupied in modern intellectual history - between a tradition of Marxism which he sought to reconstruct, and a "post-Marxism" which has eclipsed its predecessor - these texts are indispensable reading.
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