This work aims to reconstruct with great textual and historical rigour, but in a form accessible to those encountering Marx for the first time, a number of little noted, or often misunderstood, stages in his intellectual biography. The book is divided into three parts. The first – “Intellectual Influences and Early Writings” – investigates the formation of the young Marx and the composition of his Parisian manuscripts of 1844. The second – “The Critique of Political Economy” – focuses on the genesis of Marx’s magnum opus, beginning with his studies of political economy in the early 1850s and following his labours through to all the preparatory manuscripts for Capital. The third – “Political Militancy” – presents an insightful history of the International Working Men’s Association and of the role that Marx played in that organization.
The volume offers a close and innovative examination of Marx’s ideas on post-Hegelian philosophy, alienated labour, the materialist conception of history, research methods, the theory of surplus-value, working-class self-emancipation, political organization and revolutionary theory. From this emerges “another Marx”, a thinker very different from the one depicted by so many of his critics and ostensible disciples.
"We are all discussing Marx again. Among the vast literature, Marcello Musto's new work stands out as a careful, contextual analysis of Marx's writings and contributions to our understanding of the world - today, yesterday, and tomorrow. Another Marx is an outstanding and essential work for us all."
Immanuel Wallerstein, Professor of Sociology, Yale University, USA
"In Another Marx, Marcello Musto escorts us into the innermost workings of Marx’s intellectual laboratory, revealing their intimate links to Marx’s unsettled personal life and fluctuating political fortunes. Addressing three key periods, this well-paced study draws on deep knowledge of Marx’s notebooks to illuminate his working methods, their connection to real world events, their role in his intellectual breakthroughs and political struggles. With a meticulous scholarship to match Marx but with a livelier touch, this work is an indispensable guide for beginners and cognoscenti alike."
Bob Jessop, Distinguished Professor, Lancaster University, UK
"Another Marx by Marcello Musto departs from the standard accounts of Marx’s intellectual legacy, in which his work is presented, often in doctrinaire form, as a completed corpus of a known quantity. Instead, we see with fresh eyes the arduous journey that went into the development of Marx’s critique of political economy, and his inability in the end to bring it to completion. Building on the ongoing Marx-Engels Gesamtausgabe (MEGA2) project in which Marx’s excerpt notebooks are being made available for the first time, Musto introduces us to a critical-dialectical project that far from being finished and closed, is intriguingly unfinished and open, pointing to numerous alternative paths, and inviting more complex interpretations. For those unaware of the new historical materialist scholarship associated with the contemporary Marx Revival, Musto’s Another Marx is an excellent place to start."
John Bellamy Foster, Professor of Sociology, University of Oregon, USA