Marxism and Ethics: Freedom, Desire, and Revolution

Marxism and Ethics Freedom Desire and Revolution Marxism and Ethics is a comprehensive and highly readable introduction to the rich and complex history of Marxist ethical theory as it has evolved over the last century and a half Paul Blackledge argu

  • Title: Marxism and Ethics: Freedom, Desire, and Revolution
  • Author: Paul Blackledge
  • ISBN: 9781438439914
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Marxism and Ethics is a comprehensive and highly readable introduction to the rich and complex history of Marxist ethical theory as it has evolved over the last century and a half Paul Blackledge argues that Marx s ethics of freedom underpin his revolutionary critique of capitalism Marx s conception of agency, he argues, is best understood through the lens of Hegel s synMarxism and Ethics is a comprehensive and highly readable introduction to the rich and complex history of Marxist ethical theory as it has evolved over the last century and a half Paul Blackledge argues that Marx s ethics of freedom underpin his revolutionary critique of capitalism Marx s conception of agency, he argues, is best understood through the lens of Hegel s synthesis of Kantian and Aristotelian ethical concepts Marx s rejection of moralism is not, as suggested in crude materialist readings of his work, a dismissal of the free, purposive, subjective dimension of action Freedom, for Marx, is both the essence and the goal of the socialist movement against alienation, and freedom s concrete modern form is the movement for real democracy against the capitalist separation of economics and politics At the same time, Marxism and Ethics is also a distinctive contribution to, and critique of, contemporary political philosophy, one that fashions a powerful synthesis of the strongest elements of the Marxist tradition Drawing on Alasdair MacIntyre s early contributions to British New Left debates on socialist humanism, Blackledge develops an alternative ethical theory for the Marxist tradition, one that avoids the inadequacies of approaches framed by Kant on the one hand and utilitarianism on the other.

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    1. Not only is this one the best books on Marxism that I've read, it's also one of the best books on ethics. Blackledge, a political theorist at Leeds, has consolidated everything written on Marxism and ethics since Marx. Just to a list a few of the many names and sources cited: Lukacs, Lenin, Bernard Williams, Marcuse, Adorno, Alasdair Macintyre, Kant, Kautsky, Luxemburg, Mill, Hume, Che, Stalin, Sartre, Trotsky, Merleu Ponty, etc. Blackledge has several goals in this book. The first is to show th [...]

    2. An absolutely brilliant book.Blackledge essentially traces discussions on ethics from before Marx, past him and the Marxism(s) of the first three internationals, down to Sartre, MacIntyre and the post-WW2 Marxism of the New Left.I struggle to lay out a decisive opinion on what Blackledge says as much of it was new to me, but a few things are clear:1) He is absolute clear that a serious Marxist ethics should be opposed to nihilism and should not counter-pose materialism and idealism and that a sy [...]

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