Marxism and the Call of the Future: Conversations on Ethics, History, and Politics (Creative Marxism Series)

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This book offers readers a rare chance to witness a mainstream thinker challenge an outlaw-activist. Avakian and Martin wrestle with big questions that have to do with the state of the world and the possibility for radical change. The scope and relevance of Marxism, and the nature and reach of communist revolution, are at the heart of this rich and lively dialogue. Avakian and Martin probe a wide range of issues: the place of ethics in a transformative revolutionary politics; Kant, Rousseau, and Hegel; Marx and ...
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Overview


This book offers readers a rare chance to witness a mainstream thinker challenge an outlaw-activist. Avakian and Martin wrestle with big questions that have to do with the state of the world and the possibility for radical change. The scope and relevance of Marxism, and the nature and reach of communist revolution, are at the heart of this rich and lively dialogue. Avakian and Martin probe a wide range of issues: the place of ethics in a transformative revolutionary politics; Kant, Rousseau, and Hegel; Marx and the question of colonialism and Eurocentrism; the Maoist experience in China; sustainable agriculture and the task of overcoming the urban-rural divide; imperialism and lopsided development in the world, and the effects on social structure and revolution; animal rights; secularism and religion; the post-911 agenda of the U.S. ruling class, the political-social-cultural landscape of the U.S., and the prospects for resistance and revolution; Marxism and the question of homosexuality; the challenges confronting radical and communist intellectuals and the possibilities for engaged, creative intellectual work today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812695793
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: Creative Marxism Series
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Martin Jr.

Bill Martin Jr was an elementary-school principal, a teacher, writer, and poet. His many bestselling classics are a testament to his ability to speak directly to children and have left a legacy to generations to come. Eric Carle’s innovative books have earned him a place in the canon of classic children’s literature. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the first book he illustrated; he then went on to write and illustrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug, as well as many other books for children.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Series editor's introduction : finding, forging a road
1 History and responsibility 3
2 Agriculture and sense of "place" 11
3 Ethics and the question of truth 32
4 Agriculture and ethics 51
5 Ethics : imperialism and interests 65
6 Legitimating norms 74
7 Strategies of imperialism and the culture wars 86
8 Legitimation and fascism 102
9 Postmodern capitalism 109
10 The ethical, interests, and calculation 112
11 Romans and Christians : history, oppression, and meaning 126
12 History and contingency 136
13 History and redemption 140
14 Kant and Hegel 151
15 Social animals and their visions : from Moses and Plato to Heidegger 154
16 Art and vision 165
17 Calculation, classes, and categorical imperatives 169
18 Postinevitablist Marxism 181
19 Principles and the real world : vision and viability 187
20 Defining "secular" and introducing "postsecular" 198
21 Sexuality and homosexuality 238
22 The animal question 263
23 Intellectuals and revolution 274
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