Marxism and Ethics: Freedom, Desire, and Revolution (SUNY series in Radical Social and Political Theory)

Marxism and Ethics: Freedom, Desire, and Revolution (SUNY series in Radical Social and Political Theory)

Paul Blackledge


Accessible creation to key thinkers of Marxist idea and the controversy at the nature of Marxist ethics.

Marxism and Ethics is a finished and hugely readable advent to the wealthy and complicated historical past of Marxist moral thought because it has developed during the last century and a part. Paul Blackledge argues that Marx’s ethics of freedom underpin his innovative critique of capitalism. Marx’s belief of corporation, he argues, is better understood in the course of the lens of Hegel’s synthesis of Kantian and Aristotelian moral techniques. Marx’s rejection of moralism isn't really, as prompt in crude materialist readings of his paintings, a dismissal of the unfastened, purposive, subjective size of motion. Freedom, for Marx, is either the essence and the objective of the socialist circulate opposed to alienation, and freedom’s concrete sleek shape is the stream for genuine democracy opposed to the capitalist separation of economics and politics. even as, Marxism and Ethics is usually a particular contribution to, and critique of, modern political philosophy, one who models a strong synthesis of the most powerful components of the Marxist culture. Drawing on Alasdair MacIntyre’s early contributions to British New Left debates on socialist humanism, Blackledge develops an alternate moral conception for the Marxist culture, one who avoids the inadequacies of methods framed through Kant at the one hand and utilitarianism at the other.

Paul Blackledge is Professor of Political concept at Leeds Metropolitan collage. he's the writer of Perry Anderson, Marxism, and the hot Left and Reflections at the Marxist idea of History, and the coeditor (with Graeme Kirkpatrick) of Historical Materialism and Social Evolution.

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