Analyzing Marxism: new essays on analytical Marxism by Robert Ware

By Robert Ware

Subject matters lined contain analytical Marxism, method, exploitation, and materialism. Contents: creation; what's a Marxist Today?; what's residing and what's lifeless in Marxism?; Analytical Marxism and Morality; how one can Make No feel of Marx; Elster, Marx and method; Marxism and renowned Politics: The Microfoundations of sophistication clash; group, culture, and the sixth Thesis on Feuerbach; Methodological Individualism, mental Individualism and the security of cause; moment techniques on estate relatives and Exploitation; John Roemer's fiscal Philosophy and the Perils of Formalism; at the Exploitation of Cotton, Corn and hard work; a substitute for 'Distributive' Marxism: extra options on Roemer, Cohen, and Exploitation; Roemer vs. Marx; should still an individual have an interest in Exploitation?; Exploitation and Equality: Labour strength as a Non-Commodity; Marxism, Materialism and historic development; Ruling principles; Rationality and Alienation; In Defence of Abundance; Afterword.

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Page 27 I ANALYTICAL MARXISM: REVIVAL OR BETRAYAL? A. 2 Internal theoretical developments, changes in intellectual culture and, above all, political circumstances have joined together to hasten the demise of this episode in the history of radical theory. It would be instructive to trace the trajectory of Western Marxism, and to reflect on the political conditions for its decline. In both Western and Eastern Europe, Marxian politics has been in crisis at least since the watershed year of 1968, and in disarray for more than a decade.

This is exactly what Marx did in the British Museum. It is crucial to get the theory right, in detail. The theoretical problem is that the tendency of analysis may lead to the theory neglecting or not even being able to accommodate more comprehensive aspects or those parts left unanalyzed. A. Cohen has been criticized for not dealing with class struggle in his account of historical materialism. A similar criticism is made of Roemer's account of exploitation. Of course no one can discuss everything.

For Elster, social contradictions are about non-universalizability, a matter of formal logic. McCarney indicates various ways in which Elster's characterization of non-universalizability is obscure and fails to apply to dynamic social change. An interesting suggestion at the end is that Elster may not actually be a methodological individualist and thus need not withhold contradictions from class struggle. Daniel Little, on the other hand, argues for a methodology that is characteristic of the analytical Marxist social scientists.

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