A Life Looking Forward: Memoirs of an Independent Marxist by Samir Amin

By Samir Amin

Publish yr note: First released in 2006

Samir Amin, one of many 20th century's best radical intellectuals, has lived his own and political existence on the intersection of assorted cultures and foreign innovative currents - from Egypt to France to West Africa, from communism to national-liberation socialism, Maoism and at last a mature anti-imperialism.

His memoirs usually are not just a attention-grabbing own narrative yet a penetrating historical-political research, in addition to an advent to his most vital theoretical contributions. they give a special vantage element for staring at the operations of world capitalism and the evolution, crises and possibilities of radical events, specifically within the 3rd international.

This ebook may be beneficial not just to readers drawn to Amin's profoundly influential paintings or within the background of the worldwide left yet to a person excited about today's world wide struggles opposed to capitalist globalization.

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Priori construction', a 'lever for construc- 'a rather a guide It is a hypothesis about specific historical phases: what but the dialectical method? this is not an 'compulsory philosophical schema of history'. tion', or a else is 15 Conversions Its 'Historical' However, the assertion that dialectical method is not only distinct from, but also a safeguard against, philosophical a priorism and a general theory of history problematic. Quotations alone will not establish the point, is many formulas implying since just such a trans-historical schema are scat- tered throughout the texts of the classics, often on the very And the 'favourable' references cited above.

Ontological, not just a matter of time and accuracy: consciousness can express or reflect the larger totality of which necessary part, but The thus it common and play to dialectical philosophers, with the 'bourgeois antinomies' Theodor Adorno) is a a crucial role in their (for Lukacs), or historical knowledge its is human not only are, humanism movement is 'rational', it is also a ever-incomplete it is a characteristic of clear formulation or that while dialectic orthodox philosophical sense is and its of human-historical praxis.

Bearers' of thus conceived of as a series of large social whose corners may bump, but they do not seem become transformed mode most part only the for Althusser, are for the 16 stasis, but that In building is into, or 'transitional' feasible only if the up modes of production as a conceptual entailments (rationalism), and as structures well over and above human practices (structuralism), the extreme moments of Althusser's project display glaring examples of substantial form principles. 2. beyond its how philosophy can take on legitimate role in the explication of guiding 17 Realism Realism is a philosophical position that of Marxist explanation.

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