Critical Companion to Contemporary Marxism (Historical by Jacques Bidet, Stathis Kouvelakis

By Jacques Bidet, Stathis Kouvelakis

The severe significant other to modern Marxism is a global and interdisciplinary quantity which goals to supply a radical and designated landscape of contemporary advancements in Marxist conception within the US, Europe, Asia and past. Drawing at the paintings of thirty of the main authoritative students, the significant other spans the entire humanities and social sciences, with specific emphasis on philosophy. The paintings is split into 3 elements: 'General Trends', which supplies a wide highbrow and historic context; 'Currents', which tracks the trajectories of twenty particular currents or disciplinary fields; and 'Figures', which examines intimately the paintings of fifteen key actors of Marxist or para-Marxist thought (Adorno, Althusser, Badiou, Benjamin, Bhaskar, Bourdieu, Deleuze, Derrida, Foucault, Gramsci, Habermas, Jameson, Lefebvre, Uno, Williams). The better half is decided to be unsurpassed for a few years, in breadth and intensity, because the definitive advisor to modern Marxism.

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In reality – and we have seen why – these claims on the part of modernity could not be adequately realised in the form of the ‘concerted-plan’ régime, and still less when it was taken literally, as under collectivism. Yet they remain the reference-point. Modernity cannot but promise more every day. But it does so via the modern class factors of market and organisation, in the conditions of a class relation that inverts the outcome. The march towards emancipation is therefore to be conceived as a class struggle for a classless society on these two fronts.

To say the least, the ‘anti-classist’ and ‘anti-essentialist’ vigour of present-day post-Marxism (see, for instance, Laclau and Mouffe 1985) is not without precedent. 8 This is another signiſcant point of convergence between Bernstein and Sorel (compare Bernstein 1961, pp. 103–6 and Sorel 1982, pp. 106–9, 150–63). The importance of these themes in the post-Marxist vision of the ‘plurality’ and ‘dispersion’ constitutive of the social needs no emphasis (Laclau and Mouffe 1985, passim). The Crises of Marxism • 27 orthodoxy.

40 • André Tosel But things are not so simple. The history of the years 1968–2005 is extremely uneven. While Marxism-Leninism sank ever deeper into irreversible crisis and moved towards its end, several major operations of theoretical reconstruction testiſed to the contradictory vitality of the hard core of Marx’s œuvre. Between 1968 and 1977, the last attempts at a revival of Marxist theory in the tracks of the Third International, or on its margins, emerged. They involved proposals for intellectual, moral and political reform addressed to the Communist parties, whether in power or opposition, by theoreticians who were members of them.

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