Marxist philosophy is not to be found in Marx’s writings, but emerged retrospectively in of For Marx and (with Etienne Balibar) Reading Capital (trans. ETIENNE BALIBAR. “Succinct and informative”. Fredric Jameson. “A trenchant and exciting analysis of the philosophy of Marx”. Immanuel Wallerstein. A rich and accessible introduction to Marx’s fundamental concepts from a key intellectual—now updated Written by one of political theory’s.

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In fact, Balibar denies the possibility of Marxism playing any important role in both society and academia because of “the long and difficult process of separation from ‘historical Marxism'”; in other words, he succumbs to anti-communist ideology and IMO therefore accepts an idealist conception of society, despite his pretensions earlier in the book.

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‘The Philosophy of Marx’ by Étienne Balibar

The thesis on Feuerbach were aptly explored though obviously there is always room for improvementand I felt like the different phiilosophy should have been explored to a similar extend. Originally written in Re-entering the world of studying socialist, anarchist, and other leftist thought one often ends up reading French texts released by Verso press quite a bit.

An impressively lucid if rather lofty examination of Marx and philosophy-or Philosophy with a capital “P” balibbar accurately. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here So Balibar does seek to place Marx in his own historical context but denies the importance of practiced Marxism: Open Preview See a Problem? Indeed, you would have to familiar with the primary texts and a good bit of post-structuralist and post-Marxist jargon to get past parts of the last chapter.

I think this is a misunderstanding of what an evolutionary view stienne. Karl Marx in 19th Century Philosophy categorize this paper.

As vehemently as he had renounced philosophy in the Thesis, Balibar contends, Marx was already reverting to it with this new work.

It is a common mistake made from Herbert Spenser onward that evolution implies teleological process towards some absolute goal. Firstly, the b In maxr process of reading Capital, Understanding Capital by Foley, and the Companion by David Harvey, this book definitely does point out some of the nuances that perhaps can easily be overlooked while studying Marx, especially looking at his work from a modern lens only looking at his work as a critique of Capitalism, rather than a restructuring of thought, history, and philosophy in general.


What if the problem that Marx was trying to reconcile resolves itself in practice.

Want to Read saving…. This book asks a lot of great questions but, as an almost opposite to the work of Marx, it ablibar tomproblematise rather than philoeophy. Making clear such concepts as class struggle, ideology, humanism, progress, determinism, commodity fetishism and the state, Balibar includes brief yet incisive biographical studies of key Marxists such as Althusser, Gramsci, Engels and Lenin. All these formulations, different in content or opposed in intent as they may be, share a common concern with the question of the relation between theory and practice, consciousness and life.

There are difficult sections, which is inevitable since the topic of the book is, after all, Marx and Marxism, but Balibar handles the difficult material very fluently so that I personally found it interesting and informative.

Ballbar outlines general trends of interpretation and also gives Balibar’s personal views on them, at about the same time that conservatives were claiming “Marx is dead” and a bit before that Fukuyama proclaimed the “end of history”.

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Not for the person trying to come to grips with Marxist thought, but rather for the student of philosophy or the well versed in Marxism. The point, of course, is to change the world and this can only be done through political praxis.

This site uses cookies. We do, nevertheless, have to recognize that Marxism is an improbable philosophy today. I’m thinking of Balibar’s supervisor Althusser in particular. Another Philosophy of History?

This is, Balibar contends, in no way a carrying on of the tradition known as materialism, but the germ of a whole new concept of philosophy. To put it in terminology that is more immediately recognizable as Marxist, history is the process by which humanity produces its own means of existence which in turn transforms humanity and nature itself.


Read it Forward Read it first. For a better introduction to Marxist thought, read Marx.

I have looked at the positive reviews for this book and find them completly incomprehensible. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Marx argues, according to Balibar, that in the post-Kantian thought-world praxis and poiesis had been subtly merged together. In discussing ideology Balibar seems to indicate that it is conflict with fetishism in Marx’s work. Fetishism calls attention to an element of commodity value that is ideological and mystifying but is in no way in conflict with the larger analysis of capital and class emergence.

Balibar reads this as an aporia:. This is, of course, an interpretation of the world. In particular that on Time and Progress.

Feb 13, Ty rated it liked it. What is even not interesting is that Balibar makes this claim without any reference to Marxist historical practice. The first is a critique of the western tradition that oscillates between a flat out rejection of the tradition in the Thesis on Feurerbach to a more nuanced balance between theory and action in The German Ideology, in which philosophy is, perhaps unintentionally, reimbraced. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. NOT, as I keep seeing it referred to as, a useful first introduction to Marx or Marxism; more a way to restructure an existing understanding from a different conceptual direction.

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Certainly this is true, but one of Balibar’s achievements is to show what a break this was in the philosophical tradition and just how complex this flip to materialism made of the whole idea of process.

Providing a lucid, succinct, and accessible introduction to Marx and his key followers, complete with pedagogical information for the student, Balibar makes the most difficult areas of theory easy to understand.