Analytical Marxism

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John Roemer
Cambridge University Press, Mar 13, 1986 - Philosophy - 313 pages
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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 This volume assembles substantial and original essays, both published and unpublished, by some of the leading practitioners of 'analytical Marxism'.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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Contents

About the authors
1
Introduction
3
Historical materialism
9
Forces and relations of production
11
The social basis of economic development
23
The theory of combined and uneven development a critique
54
Marxist ideas in development economics an evaluation
64
Class
79
Material interests class compromise and the transition to socialism
162
Method
189
Rational choice Marxism some issues of method and substance
191
Further thoughts on Marxism functionalism and game theory
202
Marxism and functional explanation
221
Justice
235
The structure of proletarian unfreedom
237
Should Marxists be interested in exploitation?
260

New directions in the Marxian theory of exploitation and class
81
What is middle about the middle class?
114
Three challenges to class
141
Marx and equality
283
Bibliography
304
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