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Reply to Elster on “Marxism, Functionalism, and Game Theory”

G. A. Cohen

Jonathan Wolff (ed.)

in Lectures on the History of Moral and Political Philosophy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149004
eISBN:
9781400848713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149004.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

In this chapter, the author responds to Jon Elster's criticism of his use of functional explanation in his account of historical materialism. Elster rejects the association between Marxism and ... More


The Abolition of Morality (1845–1856)

Philip J. Kain

in Marx and Ethics

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198239321
eISBN:
9780191679896
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239321.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

In the book German Ideology, Karl Marx's views on ethics begin to turn in a different direction. He abandons his earlier concept of essence and develops a doctrine of historical materialism. He ... More


Morality and the Dialectic Method (1857–1883)

Philip J. Kain

in Marx and Ethics

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198239321
eISBN:
9780191679896
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239321.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Karl Marx's doctrine of historical materialism, as developed in the German Ideology, led to the implication that morality was ideological illusion, an implication that at least before 1853 Marx fully ... More


Marx and Ethics

Philip J. Kain

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198239321
eISBN:
9780191679896
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239321.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This book traces the development of Karl Marx's ethics as they underwent various shifts and changes during different periods of his thought. In his early writings, his ethics are based on a concept ... More


Identities in Conflict

Erica Benner

in Really Existing Nationalisms: A Post-Communist View from Marx and Engels

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198279594
eISBN:
9780191598791
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198279590.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

It is often assumed that Marx and Engels’ ‘materialist’ theory of history cannot explain why national ideologies and identities have had exceptional mobilizing power. In fact, the theory left plenty ... More


Epochal structures I: Reconstructing historical materialism

Donald L. Donham

in History, Power, Ideology: Central Issues in Marxism and Anthropology

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520213371
eISBN:
9780520920798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520213371.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology

How is one to understand Marxism? At the outset, it should be emphasized that any answer has to be constructed not only from Karl Marx's works, but from those of his critics. The notion of structure ... More


Law as an Instrument of Class Oppression

Hugh Collins

in Marxism and Law

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780192851444
eISBN:
9780191670534
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192851444.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter outlines the elements of historical materialism pertinent to law which have been common to various strands of the Marxist tradition. It argues that for historical materialism to be ... More


New Material Feminisms and Historical Materialism: A Diffractive Reading of Two (Ostensibly) Unrelated Perspectives

Hanna Meißner

in Mattering: Feminism, Science, and Materialism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781479833498
eISBN:
9781479842308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479833498.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

This chapter explores possibilities of productively confronting new materialism’s critique of the anthropocentric notion of agency as a human privilege with historical materialism’s social ontology ... More


Review of <i>Karl Marx</i>, by Allen W. Wood

G. A. Cohen

Jonathan Wolff (ed.)

in Lectures on the History of Moral and Political Philosophy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149004
eISBN:
9781400848713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149004.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter reviews Karl Marx, by Allen W. Wood. The book is divided into five parts: Alienation, Historical Materialism, Marxism and Morality, Philosophical Materialism, and The Dialectical Method. ... More


Nationality in the Divided State

Erica Benner

in Really Existing Nationalisms: A Post-Communist View from Marx and Engels

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198279594
eISBN:
9780191598791
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198279590.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

The roots of Marx's thinking on national issues can be traced back to his pre‐communist critique of Hegel. Marx's early, radical republican concept of nationality was modified but not abandoned in ... More


Coda: Old Materialism, or Romantic Marx

Amanda Jo Goldstein

in Sweet Science: Romantic Materialism and the New Logics of Life

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226458441
eISBN:
9780226458588
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226458588.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Each of the book’s chapters differently argues for a Romantic poetic conjunction, through the problem of natural “life,” between materialisms of nature associated with Enlightenment science and the ... More


Growing Old Together: Lucretian Materialism in Shelley’s <i>The Triumph of Life</i>

Amanda Jo Goldstein

in Sweet Science: Romantic Materialism and the New Logics of Life

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226458441
eISBN:
9780226458588
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226458588.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter and the next focus on the writings of Percy Shelley in order to examine social history as an ontogenetic and biopoetic force. Reading, anew, a poem that has been the touchstone of ... More


Conclusion

Donald L. Donham

in History, Power, Ideology: Central Issues in Marxism and Anthropology

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520213371
eISBN:
9780520920798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520213371.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology

Some time ago, Edmund Leach, following Ludwig Wittgenstein, wrote, “Logically, aesthetics and ethics are identical. If we are to understand the ethical rules of a society, it is aesthetics that we ... More


Gender, Genre, and Globalization

Sonali Perera

in No Country: Working-Class Writing in the Age of Globalization

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231151948
eISBN:
9780231525442
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231151948.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter presents a comparison of feminist proletarian texts from North America, India, and Sri Lanka to illustrate the figure of a collective subject and the critique of individualism shared by ... More


Female Bodily (Re)Productivity in the Stem Cell Economy: A Cross-Materialist Feminist Approach

Sigrid Vertommen

in Mattering: Feminism, Science, and Materialism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781479833498
eISBN:
9781479842308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479833498.003.0013
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

This chapter aims to transcend the uncomfortable silence that exists between two strands of feminist materialism, i.e. historical materialism and new feminist materialism by offering a ... More


Epigenetics and the Biocitizen: Body Temporality and Political Agency in the Postgenomic Age

Kelly E. Happe

in Biocitizenship: The Politics of Bodies, Governance, and Power

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781479845194
eISBN:
9781479846306
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479845194.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

Epigenetics, it is claimed, has opened the door to considering the ways that human bodies undergo environmentally-induced change and more radical still, how those changes can be inherited. ... More


Marx and the Movement of History

Robert Daniels

in The Rise and Fall of Communism in Russia

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106497
eISBN:
9780300134933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106497.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Marxism emerged in the nineteenth century as an optimistically evolutionary system of social thought that offered a scientific analysis and explanation of history. Karl Marx's system of thought has ... More


Lenin as a Russian Revolutionary

Robert Daniels

in The Rise and Fall of Communism in Russia

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106497
eISBN:
9780300134933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106497.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter examines the extent to which the philosophy of Marxism was embodied by Vladimir Lenin, the Bolshevik movement, and the Soviet regime, or the degree to which they were instead products of ... More


A Weak Messianic Power: Figures of a Time to Come in Benjamin, Derrida, and Celan

Michael G. Levine

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823255108
eISBN:
9780823260850
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823255108.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In his famous theses on the philosophy of history Benjamin writes: “We have been endowed with a weak messianic power to which the past has a claim.” This claim addresses us not just from the past but ... More


A Time to Come: Hunchbacked Theology, Post-Freudian Psychoanalysis, and Historical Materialism

Michael G. Levine

in A Weak Messianic Power: Figures of a Time to Come in Benjamin, Derrida, and Celan

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823255108
eISBN:
9780823260850
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823255108.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The chapter introduces the notion of a time to come in the work of Benjamin, Derrida and Celan and its relationship to the notion of a weak messianic power in Benjamin’s theses on the concept of ... More


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