This cogent volume examines the development of key issues in Marxist theory--determinism, volunteerism, and their reconciliation. It discusses the philosophical aspects of Marx's theories which present ways humans are capable of shaping their historical destiny; moves to his view of capitalism as a constraint in determinism; and demonstrates the ambivalence evident in his writings. Appelbaum focuses on Marx's theory of political action, his view of the future, the parallel questions of determinism and freedom, structure and action, and reflects on his scientific method. Scholars and students will find this lucid examination of Marx's ideas ideal for course use. "In a world where there must be at least a hundred volumes telling us what Marx really meant, it is unlikely that yet another book on the subject can be an original contribution. Professor Appelbaum, who long ago established a reputation as a major Marxist scholar, has written the best summary of Marxist theory yet. Without jargon or apology he succinctly summarizes the main tenets of both Marxist theory and Marxist method. The task he undertakes is a formidable one and he delivers a brilliant and lasting work. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in furthering their knowledge of Marxist theory whether they are established authorities or beginning students. It is must reading for social scientists generally and sociologists in particular."
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Series Editors Introduction
Key Issues in Marxist Theory
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abstract according action activity alienation analysis argued Avineri become bourgeoisie Capital capitalist capitalist economic production century Chapter class struggle classical commodity Commune Communist Manifesto concept concerning concrete consciousness constant capital crises crisis critical Critique of Political dialectical economic theory empirical empiricist equation example exchange exchange-value existing external fact Feuerbach freedom French German Ideology Grundrisse Hegel Hegelian historical human ideas industrial institutions Kamenka Kant Kant's knowledge labor power labor process labor-time laws Marx believed Marx's Marx's theory Marx's view Marxist theory material McClellan mode of production natural science model Neue Rheinische Zeitung notion object organic composition Paris Commune philosophy political economy praxis predicted private property productive forces proletariat rate of exploitation rate of profit reality realize reflects regarded reification relations relationship result revolution revolutionary role Russian scientific social change socialist sought structures Struggles in France surplus value tendency theoretical understanding universal Volume wages workers