The Unknown Marx: Reconstructing a Unified Perspective

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A new look at the essence of Marxist theory, questioning the interpretations made by Engels and Lenin.

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Takahisa Oishi is Professor of Economics at Takushoku University, Tokyo. Terrell Carver is Professor of Political Theory, University of Bristol.

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"Marx's theory has been a bone of contention ever since his death in 1883. There have been avid attempts to decipher key texts within his works; to situate his theory in terms of Hegel's thought, and to articulate Marx's supposed distancing from that philosophical position; to determine which texts are more "Marxist" than others; and to attempt to render Marx's method as a tool for continuing social analyses. With so many interpretative works, one really wonders if anything new can be said about Marx. Fortunately, as this book reveals, there seems to be plenty to discuss in terms of rethinking interpretations of Marx's theory. In a detailed and ultimately quite convincing work, Oishi (Takushoku Univ., Tokyo) deftly charts Marx's "immanent critique" of political economy, a position that was recognizable as early as the Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844 and that flowered most famously in Das Capital. Attempting to distance "the unknown Marx" from Engels's "official" interpretation and from Soviet Marxist renderings, Oishi is able to argue convincingly that Marx never intended his position to be linked to an economistic and reductionist "materialist conception of history," but instead saw his task as articulating, in his famous dialectical fashion, a "critique of political economy." Graduate students and faculty." --- B. J. Macdonald, Colorado State University in CHOICE

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