Karl Marx's Theory of History: A Defense

Karl Marx's Theory of History: A Defense

by G. A. Cohen
     
 

First published in 1978, this book rapidly established itself as a classic of modern Marxism. Cohen's masterful application of advanced philosophical techniques in an uncompromising defense of historical materialism commanded widespread admiration. In the ensuing twenty years, the book has served as a flagship of a powerful intellectual movement--analytical Marxism

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First published in 1978, this book rapidly established itself as a classic of modern Marxism. Cohen's masterful application of advanced philosophical techniques in an uncompromising defense of historical materialism commanded widespread admiration. In the ensuing twenty years, the book has served as a flagship of a powerful intellectual movement--analytical Marxism. In this expanded edition, Cohen offers his own account of the history, and the further promise, of analytical Marxism. He also expresses reservations about traditional historical materialism, in the light of which he reconstructs the theory, and he studies the implications for historical materialism of the demise of the Soviet Union.

Editorial Reviews

Anthony Quinton
A clear, definite, and well-reasoned interpretation of what the theory really is. . . . Admirably argued and generally exhilarating.
The Times Literary Supplement
Peter Singer
Cohen's blend of sound scholarship and acute philosophical reasoning has produced a work with which anyone seriously interested in understanding Marx must come to terms.
New York Review of Books
William H. Shaw
[Karl Marx's Theory of History] is an ambitious and impressive work....Cohen writes with limpidity, verve, and honesty.
American Historical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199242061
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
470
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.06(d)

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