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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While it does touch on this points ehienne each element is intertwined with the others, it is specifically about philosophy in the narrow sense. The book is, Balibar believes, more of a critique of notions of progress than a work of positivist progressivism.

Review: The Philosophy of Marx – Etienne Balibar (Verso, 1997)

Not for the person trying to come to grips with Marxist thought, but rather for the student of philosophy or the well versed in Marxism.

Feb 13, Ty rated it liked it. Yet one must not ignore that this is all written under the guise of Balibar’s thesis: He felt that the proletariat had allowed itself to be led astray and had abandoned their historic goal… for now.

Major breaks occurred with the failure of the revolutions and then the Franco Prussian War and the Paris Commune of 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.


What interests him, then, is the way that labor-power-individually and, above all, collectively-resists and tends to elude the status of pure commodity imposed on it by the logic of capital.

It was not just that the bapibar was based on the means of production, but that the flow between them was so unbound that there is no beginning and no end. There is a lot of modern psychological studies to confirm this. The thesis on Feuerbach were aptly explored phi,osophy obviously there is always room for improvementand I felt like the different portions should have been explored to a similar extend.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Plus, Balibar’s analysis of the Theses, and his emphasis on the sophisticated divergence of Marx’s qualified materialism from both “old materialism” and idealism is philosopy good.

On this, I am not sure if I agree, but it seems to be that the difference between ideology and fetishism is descriptive focus. Indeed, Hegel also has this latent teleology.

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

Balibar reads this as an aporia:. Account Options Sign in. Nov 22, John rated it it was amazing. Balibar reads this as an aporia: Jan 03, Pages. So this brings me to Etienne Balibar, student of the infamous anti-humanist and structuralist Marxist Louis Althusser.

Balibar is writing for the sophisticates of the French bourgeoise intelligensia, her audience,or better still the gallery she is playing to does not include workers. I got this book free with my subscription to New Left Review, and it was one of the best free books I have read.


Negri also wrote a Spinoza book which I won’t list here. Selected pages Title Page. When they said that Balibar is an authority on Marx, they weren’t joking! Marx, however, seems to indicate unsure of this: The young Marx proposed a history of evolutionary schemes, social formulations based on their mode of production, that was intended to be evaluative of a society’s economic development.

Balibar suggest that Marx, in coping with the internal confusions and external crises of his time, simply discarded general trends and applied the rationality of the class struggle to specific problems.

Why is discussion of the ontological status of the individual in society less critical today than in ? Perhaps a socialist practice will develop in the future that is far more potent than were those that Marx lived to see.

Nor is it an elementary introduction for someone who has no background in Marx’s thinking. For similar critiques, Derrida’s The Spectre of Marx and the reaction against it, Ghostly Demarcations, are mmarx good. If there was change and historical evolution, the capitalist state assures us, it took place in the past and is now at an end. Balibar is a careful and erudite philosopher:

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