Karl Marx: The Burden of Reason (why Marx Rejected Politics and the Market)

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - Philosophy - 367 pages
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Why did Karl Marx want to exclude politics and the market from his vision of a future socialism? In Karl Marx: The Burden of Reason, Allan Megill begins with this question. Megill's examination of Marx's formative writings casts new light on Marx's relation to philosophy and reveals a hitherto largely unknown 'rationalist' Marx. In demonstrating how Marx's rationalism permeated his attempts to understand politics, economics, and history generally, Megill forces the reader to rethink Marx's entire intellectual project. While Megill writes as an intellectual historian and historian of philosophy, his highly original redescription of the Marxian enterprise has important implications for how we think about the usability of Marx's work today. Karl Marx: The Burden of Reason will be of interest to those who wish to reflect on the fate of Marxism during the era of Soviet Communism. It will also be of interest to those who wish to discern what is living and what is dead, what is adequate and what requires replacement or supplementation, in the work of a figure who, in spite of everything, remains one of the greatest philosophers and social scientists of the modern world.
 

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Contents

Marxs Rationalism How the Dialectic Came from the History of Philosophy
1
Why Marx Rejected Politics
57
Why Marx Rejected Private Property and the Market
123
The Character and Limits of Marxs Unified Rational History of Humankind
181
For and Against Marxism
235
A Topically Organized List of Marxs Journalistic Writings of 184243
271
Notes
277
Bibliography
347
Index
353
About the Author
367
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Allan Megill is professor of history at the University of Virginia.

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