Karl Marx’s Life, Ideas, and Influences

A Critical Examination on the Bicentenary
New York: Palgrave Macmillan
xxv + 378 pages

Since the latest crisis of capitalism broke out in 2008, Marx has been back in fashion and sometimes it seems that his ideas have never been as topical, or as commanding of respect and interest, as they are today.

This edited collection arises from one of the largest international conferences dedicated tothe bicentenary of Marx’s birth. The volume contains 16 chapters authored byglobally renowned scholars and is divided into two parts: I) On the Critique of Politics; II) On the Critique of Political Economy.

These contributions, from multiple academic disciplines, offer diverse perspectives on why Marx is still so relevant for our times and make this book a source of great appeal for both expert scholars of Marx as well as students and general readers who are approaching his theories for the first time.

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“An excellent collection which showcases a lot of the latest scholarship on Marx and his legacy. Comprehensive and incisive, it is an outstanding contribution to its field.”
David McLellan, Professor of Political Theory, University of Kent, UK
“Addressing both the political dimensions of Marx’s work—notably in Capital, which is often neglected from this perspective—and the significance of his contributions through the critique of political economy, this volume brings together internationally renowned figures in Marx scholarship for genuine dialog and rich, well-informed debates. A truly excellent book.”
George C. Comninel, Professor of Political Theory, York University, Canada

Table of contents

Part I: On the Critique of Politics 1

1. Heinrich Heine and Marx As Essayists: On the Genesis and the Function of the Critic-Intellectuals 3
Miguel Vedda

2. Marx’s Critique of German Social Democracy: From the International to the Political Struggles of the 1870s 21
Marcello Musto

3. Revolution and Radical Democracy: Marx Versus Post-Marxism 41
Kohei Saito

4. Marx’ Research Project As a Future Science for Emancipatory Action: A Delineation 61
Michael Brie

5. The Intimations of a Post-Capitalist Society in Marx’s Critique of Political Economy 85
Peter Hudis

6. Recovering Marx: Steps Towards a Breakdance 103
Peter Beilharz

7. On the Notion of “Workers’ Control” in Marx and Marxists (1871–1917): A Survey 121
Babak Amini

8. King, Marx, and the Revolution of Worldwide Value 159
Andrew J. Douglas

9. Fetishism and Exploitation Marx - 150 and Marx 200: What Has Changed? 181
Paula Rauhala

Part II: On the Critique of Political Economy 209

10. Marx’s Observations on the Classical Theory of Interest 211
Jan Toporowski

11. Money, Power, and Capitalism: Marx’s Theory of Money and the Contemporary State-Credit Standard 229
Ramaa Vasudevan

12. Marx as Evolutionary and Some “Revisionist” Implications 247
Samuel Hollander

13. Marx’s Ideas and Conceptions of Socialism in the Twenty-First Centur y 273
Tian Yu Cao

14. Marx’s Metaphysics of Human Labour in the Light of Sraffa: Labour Theory of Value Reconsidered 289
Ajit Sinha

15. Marx’s Prescient Theory of Centralization of Capital: Crises and an Nkrumahist Response 319
Cynthia Lucas Hewitt

16. Petty Production and India’s Development 345
Muhammad Ali Jan and Barbara Harriss-White

Index 369