Karl Marx's Theory of History

Karl Marx's Theory of History : A Defence

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First published in 1978, this book rapidly established itself as a classic of modern Marxism. Cohen's masterful application of advanced philosophical techniques in an uncompromising defence of historical materialism commanded widespread admiration. In the ensuing twenty years, the book has served as a flagship of a powerful intellectual movement - analytical Marxism. In this expanded edition Cohen offers his own account of the history, and the further promise, of
analytical Marxism. He also expresses reservations about traditional historical materialism, in the light of which he reconstructs the theory, and he studies the implications for historical materialism of the demise of the Soviet Union.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 470 pages
  • 138 x 217 x 27mm | 603g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Expanded Edition
  • 0199242062
  • 9780199242061
  • 1,743,187

Table of contents

Preface to the 2000 Edition ; Images of History in Hegel and Marx ; The Constitution of he productive forces ; The Economic Structure ; Material and Social property of Society ; Fetishism ; The Primacy of the Productive Forces ; The productive Forces and Capitalism ; Base and Superstructure, Powers and Rights ; Functional Explanation: In general ; Functional Explanation: In Marxism ; Use-value, Exchange-value, and Contemporary Capitalism ; Fettering ; Restricted and Inclusive Historical materialism ; Marxism After the Collapse of the Soviet Union
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This is the perfect book for anyone wishing to get to grips with the type of systematized version of classical Marxism that has been developed in the Anglo-Saxon idealist tradition. It is also an important reference for anyone wishing to develop a critique of this version and to advance to a more creative, and less idealist, engagement with Marxist thought. * Years Work in Critical Cultural Theory *
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