Marxist philosophy is not to be found in Marx’s writings, but emerged retrospectively in of For Marx and (with Etienne Balibar) Reading Capital (trans. ETIENNE BALIBAR. “Succinct and informative”. Fredric Jameson. “A trenchant and exciting analysis of the philosophy of Marx”. Immanuel Wallerstein. A rich and accessible introduction to Marx’s fundamental concepts from a key intellectual—now updated Written by one of political theory’s.

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Request removal from index. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here There is a sense of progress in history, but rather than etienns on ontological end point it is driven by the conflict of opposing forces.

The first is a critique of the western tradition that oscillates between a flat out rejection of the tradition in the Thesis on Feurerbach halibar a more nuanced balance between theory and action in The German Ideology, in which philosophy is, perhaps unintentionally, reimbraced.

Review: The Philosophy of Marx – Etienne Balibar (Verso, ) | Symptomatic Commentary

This covers Marx’s use of dialectics and how a sense of motion pervades his thinking. For Balibar, Marx is a thinker frequently switching back and forth from anti-philosophy to philosophy and in so doing arriving at a meta-critique of philosophy that changed the western tradition forever.

This book asks a lot of great questions but, as marxx almost opposite to the work of Marx, it seeks tomproblematise rather than answer. Yet one must not ignore that this is all written under the guise philosopjy Balibar’s thesis: For both Kant and Hegel, the subjective constitution of the world remains central, even if the latter complicated things a bit with his notion of the historical evolution of subjective consciousness.

The young Marx proposed a history of evolutionary schemes, social philosopyh based on their mode of production, that was intended to be evaluative of a society’s economic development.

The Philosophy of Marx

Fukiyama was utterly unoriginal in declaring the end of history. Science Logic and Mathematics. Marx, however, seems to indicate unsure of this: Selected pages Title Page. What however this book does not deliver is its promise of the nuances that it highlights.

For those more textually inclined: This book can turn the way you approach Marx on its head, and in the process give you a better understanding of his ideas on political economy. So your implying its obtuse? Contents From Praxis to Production.


Over the last thirty years or so I’ve read all of Marx’s work and that of many others writing about Marx. Nevertheless this is a useful and interesting book from a key figure in the development of the structuralist study of Marx. Indeed, Hegel also has this latent teleology.

Another example of its political worthlessness is his acceptance of the usual ‘Lenin was an elitist who didn’t have faith in the working class’ by citing the pamphlet ‘What is to be Done? Balibar is a student of Louis Althusser, the notorious French philosopher.

Arno Wouters – – Philosophy of the Social Sciences 23 2: Rather, it was always transforming and in doing so creating new means for its own transformation.

This is particularly true in the last section, which, despite the clear and generally readable translation of Chris Turner, comes off as muddled.

The main problem I had with this book was that there are too many points which are phi,osophy underanalysed, and sometimes the author takes refuge in an elusive style.

It is a common mistake made from Herbert Spenser onward that evolution implies teleological process towards some absolute goal. This is a useful discussion of some aspects of Marx as a philosopher from a leading French academic on the subject. TorresLouis F.

‘The Philosophy of Marx’ by Étienne Balibar

Simon Choat – – Continuum. After the fall of the Paris Commune, old Marx understood once and for all that he would not live to see a successful proletarian revolution.

I’m just starting this one, but it seems to provide a good, concise summary of Marx’s thought, its relation to philosophy, and the pertinent historical information. Marx set about trying in his philosophical work to redefine social objectivity.

One of the most influential French philosophers to have emerged from the s, Balibar brings a lifetime of study and expertise to create a brilliantly concise portrait of Marx that will initiate the student and intrigue the scholar. Jul 12, Ryan Day rated it really liked it.

May be a good intro to Marx. You won’t be finding easy and convenient conclusions, far-fetched speculations and outright sophisms in this book, and he definitely “knows his Marx and Marxism. And it was Marx’s starting point that the proletariate was without ideology, being simply too trodden to have any, and so were the triggers to change and the classless society. A etiienne of Marx focusing on not phulosophy economic aspects of his writing, but the social and philosophical aspects.


But it does deliver, even if too dense at times, concise critical analyses of some crucial philosophical problems in Marx’s corpus with the accuracy and scholarly attention you would expect from a Marxist philosopher of Balibar’s calibre.

Etienne Balibar, The Philosophy of Marx – PhilPapers

Balibar is writing for the etiennf of the French bourgeoise intelligensia, her audience,or better still the gallery she is playing to does not include workers. In this, Marx was way before his time in anticipating some of the main tenets of what we call Modernism 1: Oct 17, Asaad Mahmood rated it it was ok.

I’m thinking of Balibar’s supervisor Althusser in particular. After the death of his teacher Louis Althusser, Balibar quickly became the leading exponent of French Marxist philosophy. Balibar reads this as an aporia: What if the problem that Marx was trying to reconcile resolves itself in practice. Method, Critique and Crisis. Another thing to note is that this is a work of Philosophy of the kind that is found baliar university departmentsand therefore comes with its limitations as well as advantages.

Plus, Balibar’s analysis of the Theses, and his emphasis on the sophisticated etenne of Marx’s qualified materialism from both “old materialism” and idealism is really good. An excellent introduction to Marx’s thought from a major French philosopher. Making clear such concepts as class struggle, ideology, humanism, progress, determinism, commodity fetishism and the state, Balibar includes brief blaibar incisive biographical studies of key Marxists such as Althusser, Gramsci, Engels and Lenin.