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Marxism Recycled

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Part of Studies in Marxism and Social Theory

  • Date Published: July 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521418027

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  • It was Philippe van Parijs' conviction that the Marxist tradition can be kept alive as an essential political component of the Left not through dutiful conservation, but through ruthless recycling: the discarding of encumbering elements, and the reshaping of the remainder using the latest intellectual 'technology'. The essays collected in this book examine the structure and potential of historical materialism as a general theory of social change. They draw on the lessons of the failure of Marxist crisis theory, and show how a rejuvenated notion of exploitation can illuminate the analysis of the class structure of welfare state capitalism or the assessment of international migration. They explore and advocate a 'capitalist road to communism' that expands the realm of freedom while bypassing socialism, and they develop those aspects of the Marxist project consistent with ecological concerns.

    • An irreverent and controversial look at the place of Marxist thought in the contemporary world
    • Van Parijs is a star in Marx studies and political philosophy, known for the engaging style of his writing and the originality of his views
    • Series editor compares this book to Elster's Making Sense of Marx, and Przeworski's Capitalism and Social Democracy
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    • Date Published: July 1993
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521418027
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 160 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. A New Start for Historical Materialism?:
    1. From contradiction to catastrophe
    2. Marxism's central puzzle
    Part II. Crisis Theory Shattered:
    3. A rational reconstruction by way of obituary
    4. Why Marxist economics needs microfoundations
    Part III. Exploitation Rejuvenated:
    5. Exploitation and the libertarian challenge
    6. A revolution in class theory
    7. Marxism and migration
    Part IV. Forward without Socialism:
    8. A capitalist road to communism
    9. Universal grants versus socialism
    10. In defence of abundance
    Envoi: the greening of Marx.

  • Author

    Philippe van Parijs, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

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