Karl Marx / Edition 1 available in Paperback
This cogent volume examines the development of key issues in Marxist theory--determinism, volunteerism, and their reconciliation. It discusses the philosophical aspects of Marx's theories which present ways humans are capable of shaping their historical destiny; moves to his view of capitalism as a constraint in determinism; and demonstrates the ambivalence evident in his writings. Appelbaum focuses on Marx's theory of political action, his view of the future, the parallel questions of determinism and freedom, structure and action, and reflects on his scientific method. Scholars and students will find this lucid examination of Marx's ideas ideal for course use. "In a world where there must be at least a hundred volumes telling us what Marx really meant, it is unlikely that yet another book on the subject can be an original contribution. Professor Appelbaum, who long ago established a reputation as a major Marxist scholar, has written the best summary of Marxist theory yet. Without jargon or apology he succinctly summarizes the main tenets of both Marxist theory and Marxist method. The task he undertakes is a formidable one and he delivers a brilliant and lasting work. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in furthering their knowledge of Marxist theory whether they are established authorities or beginning students. It is must reading for social scientists generally and sociologists in particular."
Table of ContentsPART ONE: INTRODUCTION: THE ORIGINS OF MARX'S THOUGHTMarx and His TimeKey Issues in Marxist TheoryThe Origins of Marxist TheoryPART TWO: MARX'S THEORYMarx and CritiqueMarx and ScienceEconomic Structures and Political ActionPART THREE: CONCLUSION: THE DIALECTIC OF STRUCTURE AND ACTIONConcluding Thoughts