A Future For Marxism?: Althusser, the Analytical Turn and by Andrew Levine

By Andrew Levine

Now not some time past, Marxist philosophy flourished. but in recent times theorists have grew to become clear of Marxism. This e-book goals to restore Marxist concept, and express the way it bargains a wealthy origin for radical socialist considering within the forseeable future.To do that, Andrew Levine examines fresh departures in Marxist idea -- Althusserian and Analytical Marxism. the previous is at present defunct; the latter, practically so. He assesses the shortcomings of every, whereas emphasising their huge, and nonetheless well timed, advantages. The dialogue is framed opposed to an research of socialism's position within the political lifetime of the prior centuries. Levine assesses the plain historic defeat of the Left often because the consolidation of the Reagan-Thatcher period and speculates on present symptoms of renewal. He argues that either Althusserian and analytical Marxism signify new and deeply very important philosophical departures in the Marxist culture as they strength a rethinking of Marxism's clinical and political undertaking. For all their alterations widespread and substance, those traces of Marxist proposal percentage very important thematic and sociological positive aspects and Levine concludes that either traditions offer a legacy upon which a revived Left can build.


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To do so, however, he had first to transform the Augustinian–Hegelian idea of what a theory of history is – in a way that accorded with understandings of causality and explanation commonplace in modern scientific practice. * * * It is this aspect of Marx’s work, filtered through the lenses of Althusserian and analytical Marxist philosophy, that I focus on in Part II. At this point, a few general indications will help to set the stage. 21 As such, he was committed, in the main, to Hegel’s philosophy of history.

Of course, local factors, differing from place to place, contribute to this state of affairs. In the United States, where electoral campaigns depend slavishly on monied interests, the situation is worse than elsewhere. But everywhere the absence of an alternative has become a fact of political life. The idea that none exists has followed ineluctably in its wake. No one can say what would have happened had the Bolshevik Revolution failed and the Soviet model not come into existence in the way that it did.

But this reversal of fortune is unwarranted, as we will see. We will also find that the near extinction of socialist thought today is, in part, a consequence of the triumph of utopian over scientific socialism. I will argue in Chapters 5 and 6 for the cogency of the idea of a scientific socialism. I will maintain that it was Marx’s signal contribution to social and political theory to discover this idea and to offer persuasive reasons in its defense. I will argue too that it is only insofar as socialism is scientific that it is theoretically distinctive and therefore unassimilable into other, more mainstream ways of thinking.

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