The Philosophy of Marx

Author(s): Etienne Balibar

Philosophy, Politics & Current Affairs

In The Philosophy of Marx, Etienne Balibar provides an unsurpassed introduction to Marx and his followers. Written by one of political theory's leading thinkers, it examines all the key areas of Marx's writings in their wider historical and theoretical context - including the concepts of class struggle, ideology, humanism, progress, determinism, commodity fetishism, and the state. The Philosophy of Marx is a gateway into the thought of one of history's great minds. In this new updated edition to this now classic work, Balibar has added a substantial new introduction and two new texts, on the Theses on Feuerbach and on Marx's political theory. Complete with key 'information boxes' for the student to make the most challenging areas of theory easy to understand, this remains the best available introduction to the most important thinker of the past 200 years.


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'A very intelligent and creative work - succinct and informative; it explores the ways in which Marxism as such challenges traditional philosophy (and the problems the latter possesses for it). It would certainly have a privileged place on the shelf of contemporary studies of Marx.' Fredric Jameson 'A trenchant and exciting analysis of the philosophy of Marx. It is intelligent and original, and makes us understand the ways in which reading Marx lucidly can be very useful to us today. No dogma here and no banalities. A refreshing book.' Immanuel Wallerstein

Etienne Balibar is the most celebrated student of Louis Althusser. A leading exponent of French radical philosophy, he is the author of Spinoza and Politics and co-authorof Race, Nation and Class and Reading Capital.

General Fields

  • : 9781784786038
  • : Verso Books
  • : Verso Books
  • : January 2017
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 18mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : February 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Etienne Balibar
  • : Paperback
  • : 335.401
  • : 240