Download e-book for iPad: Class Struggle: A Political and Philosophical History by Domenico Losurdo, Gregory Elliot

By Domenico Losurdo, Gregory Elliot

ISBN-10: 1137523875

ISBN-13: 9781137523877

ISBN-10: 1349706604

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Available for the 1st time in English, this e-book examines and reinterprets category fight inside Marx and Engels’ concept. As Losurdo argues, classification fight is frequently misunderstood as completely the fight of the bad opposed to the wealthy, of the standard opposed to the robust. it's an interpretation that's expensive to populism, one who supposes a binary good judgment that closes its eyes to complexity and inclines in the direction of the occasion of poverty as a spot of ethical excellence. This ebook, notwithstanding, indicates the idea of sophistication fight is a normal conception of social clash. every time, the main hostile social conflicts are intertwined in several methods. A ancient state of affairs continuously emerges with particular and particular features that necessitate severe exam, freed from schematic and biased research. provided that it breaks clear of populism can Marxism strengthen the power to interpret and alter the world.

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But for Marx this was further confirmation that the gigantic class struggle which exploded between 1861 and 1865 was far from over. 8 CLASS STRUGGLE AND OTHER PARADIGMS As we can see, the theory of class struggle seeks to shed light on the historical process as such. It is a type of explanation that is opposed to other kinds of explanation. We can understand the latter and, as a result, arrive at a better understanding of the former, if we take a look at the theoretical THE DIFFERENT FORMS OF CLASS STRUGGLE 27 challenges which nineteenth-century culture had to face.

But what is involved here is analysing conflicts whose protagonists are not single individuals, but social subjects who, directly or indirectly, pertain to the social order, to some essential articulation of the division of labour and the social order. This is how the object of Marx’s theory of ‘class struggles’ is defined. We are dealing with a general category—a genus—which can subsume different species. We may venture a typology starting, obviously, not from world history, but from the historical time in which the authors of the Communist Manifesto lived.

So what were the reasons for the interminable historical crisis engulfing France? Thirdly, even as it engaged in its colonial expansion, the West anxiously observed the irruption at home of shocking mass movements which, in the shape first of Jacobinism and then of socialism, seemed to be attacking the very foundations of civilization. What was happening? Let us now glance in broad terms at the paradigms employed by the culture of the time to confront these three major theoretical and political cruces.

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