Der späte Marx. Eine intellektuelle Biografie der Jahre 1881 bis 1883, Hamburg: VSA, 2018 (144 pages).
Eine Interpretation der bislang unterbelichteten letzten Lebensjahre und spätesten Schriften von Karl Marx.
Entgegen dem Mythos, demzufolge Marx in seinen letzten Jahren kaum noch schrieb, zeigt Marcello Musto: Er setzte seine Forschungsarbeit nicht nur fort, sondern erweiterte seine Kapitalismuskritik auf neue Disziplinen.
So untersuchte er neuere politische Konflikte, neu auftretende theoretische Fragen (u.a. die Möglichkeit der sozialistischen Revolution in nicht-kapitalistisch entwickelten Ländern) und neue geografische Gebiete (wie Nordafrika).
Seine Ideen werden im Lichte später Bemerkungen von Marx über Anthropologie, nicht-westliche Gesellschaften und die Kritik des Kolonialismus reflektiert. Eine der zentralen Linien seiner Kritik konzentrierte sich auf Fortschrittstheorien.
Durch die Interpretation z.B. der ethnologischen Exzerpthefte und des Briefs an Wera Sassulitsch wird deutlich, dass Marx nicht in die Falle des ökonomischen Determinismus gegangen ist.
Marx, Engels and Marxisms
Marcello Musto (York University, Canada)
Terrell Carver (University of Bristol, UK)
Babak Amini (London School of Economics, UK)
The Marx Revival
The Marx renaissance is underway on a global scale. Whether the puzzle is the economic boom in China or the economic bust in ‘the West’, there is no doubt that Marx appears regularly in the media nowadays as a guru, and not a threat, as he used to be. The literature dealing with Marxism, which all but dried up twenty-five years ago, is reviving in the global context. Academic and popular journals and even newspapers and on-line journalism are increasingly open to contributions on Marxism, just as there are now many international conferences, university courses and seminars on related themes. In all parts of the world, leading daily and weekly papers are featuring the contemporary relevance of Marx's thought. From Latin America to Europe, and wherever the critique to capitalism is remerging, there is an intellectual and political demand for a new critical encounter with Marxism.
Types of Publications
This series bring together reflections on Marx, Engels and Marxisms from perspectives that are varied in terms of political outlook, geographical base, academic methodologies and subject-matter, thus challenging many preconceptions as to what ‘Marxist’ thought can be like, as opposed to what it has been. The series will appeal internationally to intellectual communities that are increasingly interested in rediscovering the most powerful critical analysis of capitalism: Marxism. The series editors will ensure that authors and editors in the series are producing overall an eclectic and stimulating yet synoptic and informative vision that will draw a very wide and diverse audience. This series will embrace a much wider range of scholarly interests and academic approaches than any previous ‘family’ of books in the area.
This innovative series will present monographs, edited volumes and critical editions, including translations, to Anglophone readers. The books in this series will work through three main categories:
Studies on Marx and Engels
The series will include titles focusing on the oeuvre of Marx and Engels which utilize the scholarly achievements of the on-going Marx-Engels Gesamtausgabe, a project that has strongly revivified the research on these two authors in the past decade.
Critical Studies on Marxisms
Volumes will awaken readers to the overarching issues and world-changing encounters that shelter within the broad categorisation ‘Marxist’. Particular attention will be given to authors such as Gramsci and Benjamin, who are very popular and widely translated nowadays all over the world, but also to authors who are less known in the English-speaking countries, such as Mariátegui.
Reception Studies and Marxist National Traditions
Political projects have necessarily required oversimplifications in the 20 th century, and Marx and Engels have found themselves ‘made over’ numerous times and in quite contradictory ways. Taking a national perspective on ‘reception’ will be a global revelation and the volumes of this series will enable the worldwide Anglophone community to understand the variety of intellectual and political traditions through which Marx and Engels have been received in local contexts.
Aims of the Series
The volumes of this series will challenge all the ‘Marxist’ intellectual traditions to date by making use of scholarly discoveries of the Marx-Engels Gesamtausgabe since the 1990s, taking on board interdisciplinary and other new critical perspectives, and incorporating ‘reception studies’. Authors and editors in the series will resist oversimplification of ideas and reinscription of traditions. Moreover their very diversity in terms of language, local context, political engagement and scholarly practice will mark the series out from any other in the field.
This series will involve scholars from different fields and cultural backgrounds, and the series editors will ensure tolerance for differences within and between provocative monographs and edited volumes. Running contrary to 20th century practices of simplification, the books in this innovative series will revitalize Marxist intellectual traditions.
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8. George Comninel, Alienation and Emancipation in the Work of Karl Marx, 2018.
9. Ware, Robert, Marx on Emancipation and the Socialist Transition , 2018.
10. Jean-Numa Ducange and Razmig Keucheyan (Eds.), The End of the Democratic State. Nicos Poulantzas, a Marxism for the 21 st Century, 2018.
11. John Gregson, Marxism, Ethics, and Politics: The Work of Alasdair MacIntyre, 2019.
12. Xavier LaFrance and Charles Post (Eds.), Case Studies in the Origins of Capitalism, 2019.
13. Luis Felipe Miguel and Vladimir Puzone, The Brazilian Left in the 21st Century: Conflict and Conciliation in Peripheral Capitalism, 2019.