Specters of Marx: The State of the Debt, the Work of Mourning and the New International

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Routledge, 2006 - Philosophy - 258 pages

Prodigiously influential, Jacques Derrida gave rise to a comprehensive rethinking of the basic concepts and categories of Western philosophy in the latter part of the twentieth century, with writings central to our understanding of language, meaning, identity, ethics and values.

In 1993, a conference was organized around the question, 'Whither Marxism?¿, and Derrida was invited to open the proceedings. His plenary address, 'Specters of Marx', delivered in two parts, forms the basis of this book. Hotly debated when it was first published, a rapidly changing world and world politics have scarcely dented the relevance of this book.

 

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Certain Soviet philosophers told me in Moscow a few years ago: the best translation of perestroika was still "deconstruction." Specters of Marx sustains five star prose and luminous ideas ... Read full review

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Linking Hamlet's ghost with the opening of the Communist Manifesto, the noted French philosopher (Aporias, LJ 2/15/94) meditates on the state and future of Marxism since the fall of the Berlin Wall ... Read full review

Contents

1 Injunctions of Marx
1
2 ConjuringMarxism
61
3 Wears and Tears Tableau of an ageless world
96
4 In the Name of the Revolution the Double Barricade Impure impure impure history of ghosts
118
The phenomenological conjuring trick
156
Notes
222
Index
247
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Jacques Derrida (1930–2004) was born in Algeria. He drew on psychoanalysis, Marxist theory, and Heidegger's philosophy to become a central figure in intellectual life in the latter part of the twentieth century.

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