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Analytical Marxism

Analytical Marxism


Part of Studies in Marxism and Social Theory

G. A. Cohen, Robert Brenner, Jon Elster, Pranab Bardhan, John Roemer, Erik Olin Wright, Allen Wood
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  • Date Published: March 1986
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521317313

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About the Authors
  • As John Roemer says in his introduction to this volume, 'During the past decade, what now appears as a new species in social theory has been forming: analytically sophisticated Marxism. Its practitioners are largely inspired by Marxian questions which they pursue with contemporary tools of logic, mathematics, and model building … These writers are, self-consciously, products of both the Marxian and non-Marxian traditions.' This volume assembles substantial and original essays, both published and unpublished, by some of the leading practitioners of 'analytical Marxism'. The essays discuss a number of the fundamental issues of Marxian thought as well as questions that conventional Marxists see no need to raise. They exemplify the ways in which analytical Marxists are beginning to reinvigorate the Marxian tradition and, in doing so, to break down the barriers that have divided it from other forms of social theory. The volume will make an excellent textbook and an ideal introduction to this new approach.

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    'Analytical Marxism succeeds splendidly. The fourteen essays by eight contributors are all rigourous. Several are elegant. The collection is fruitfully interdisciplinary, with philosophy, economics, political science, history, and sociology represented.' Ethics

    'Cohen, Elster, and Roemer … have done much of what they set out to do; they have extracted the academically reputable elements of Marxism and presented them lucidly and coherently.' Alan Ryan, London Review of Books

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1986
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521317313
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.528kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    About the authors
    Part I. Historical Materialism:
    1. Forces and relations of production G. A. Cohen
    2. The social basis of economic development Robert Brenner
    3. The theory of combined and uneven development: a critique Jon Elster
    4. Marxist ideas in development economics: an evaluation Pranab Bardhan
    Part II. Class:
    5. New directions in the Marxian theory of exploitation and class John Roemer
    6. What is middle about the middle class? Erik Olin Wright
    7. Three challenges to class Jon Elster
    8. Material interests, class compromise, and the transition to socialism
    Part III. Method:
    9. 'Rational choice' Marxism: some issues of method and substance John Roemer
    10. Further thoughts on Marxism, functionalism, and game theory Jon Elster
    11. Marxism and fundamental explanation G. A. Cohen
    Part IV. Justice:
    12. The structure of proletarian unfreedom G. A. Cohen
    13. Should Marxists be interested in exploitation? John Roemer
    14. Marx and equality Allen Wood

  • Editor

    John Roemer


    G. A. Cohen, Robert Brenner, Jon Elster, Pranab Bardhan, John Roemer, Erik Olin Wright, Allen Wood

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