Marcello Musto

Marcello Musto

Born April 14, 1976, MA in Political Science, University of Napoli - L'Orientale, PhD in Philosophy and Politics, University of Napoli - L'Orientale, and PhD in Philosophy, University of Nice - Sophia Antipolis, teaches Political Theory at the Department of Political Science of York University (Toronto).

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Der späte Marx. Eine intellektuelle Biografie der Jahre 1881 bis 1883, Hamburg: VSA, 2018 (144 pages).

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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.

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Another Marx: Early Manuscripts to the International, London–New York: Bloomsbury, 2018 (xii+274 pages).
 
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Following the break-up of the Soviet Union, Marx was regarded as a thinker doomed to oblivion about whom everything had already been said and written. However, the international economic crisis of 2008 favoured a return to his analysis of capitalism, and recently published volumes of the Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe (MEGA²) have provided researchers with new texts that underline the gulf between Marx’s critical theory and the dogmatism of many twentieth-century Marxisms.

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.

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ENDORSEMENTS:

"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

 

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Il capitale di Karl Marx

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Il Capitale di Karl Marx, Modena: Consorzio per il Festivalfilosofia, 2017 (26 pages).

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Il capitale venne pubblicato nel 1867, ma Marx cominciò la sua stesura solo dopo un lungo e rigoroso studio dell'economia politica. In questo scritto, Musto ricostruisce le tappe principali della genesi di Il capitale, dai Grundrisse (1857-58) alle revisioni sorte durante la traduzione francese (1872-75) del Libro Primo. Nel volume sono trattati i cambi del piano dell'opera realizzati da Marx nel corso degli anni, l'elaborazione delle Teorie sul Plusvalore (1862-63) e i tentativi di completare i manoscritti del Libro Secondo e del Libro Terzo, pubblicati da Engels nel 1885 e nel 1894. Coloro che vogliono comprendere il modo di produzione capitalistico non possono rinunciare, ancora oggi, a leggere Il capitale di Karl Marx.