Marx, again!: The Spectre Returns

Marx, again!: The Spectre Returns


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"Diego Fusaro's book invites us, in an original and striking fashion, to rethink and rediscover Marx following the fall of the Berlin Wall. The total domination of capitalism, the new world system, compels us to stop recounting edifying histories, even if it is the history of the 'freedom of the moderns'." André Tosel Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Nice "I share Diego Fusaro's analysis: whereas Marx by himself is not enough today, it is also not possible to understand, criticise and finally overcome the contradictions of triumphant capitalism without Marx. ... From Fusaro's text emerges a Marx who is freed from dogmatism, scientism and the myth of guaranteed progress, but not from the ability to criticise injustice and to propose a real emancipation of humankind. A non-Marxist Marx..." Gianni Vattimo Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Philosophy, University of Turin Co-Author of Hermeneutic Communism and former MEP "At a time when we are witnessing a centralisation of power, concentration of wealth and commodification of everyday life, returning to Marx is indispensable for a critical philosophy of the contemporary. Diego Fusaro's superbly written book provides an original reading of Marx's metaphysics and its paradoxical fusion of idealism with materialism. What emerges is an ethical vision of politics that seeks to overcome the fantasised necessity of capitalism in the direction of a 'cosmopolitan communitarianism as the truth of social life'. Whatever the problems and deficiencies of Marx (and they are legion), Fusaro's Marxian meditations deserve the widest possible hearing." Dr Adrian Pabst Reader in Politics, University of Kent, Co-Author of The Politics of Virtue: Post-liberalism and the Human Future

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912142002
Publisher: Whitelocke Publications
Publication date: 02/22/2017
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Dr Diego Fusaro is an Italian philosopher and lecturer in history of philosophy. He founded and directs one of the most substantial Italian websites on philosophy ('La filosofia e i suoi eroi') which is considered the reference point for philosophical Italian debate on the internet. He is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan where he is a member of the teaching staff of the Dottorato in Metafisica. In his writings, Dr Fusaro tackles Marx's thought from a Neo-Hegelian, neo-Idealist perspective. He combines criticism of the capitalist system with elements drawn from the communitarian and souverainism currents. He seeks to bring to the fore the contradictions inherent in the capitalist system and the postmodern human condition. Dr Fusaro's research interests gravitate around the formulation and the practice of a 'critical history of ideas', understood as a discipline which diachronically focuses on the discontinuities which are originated in the transmission of the cultural and symbolical forms of a certain culture, and, synchronically, on the connection which is distinctive of every historical period between cultural codes and thought on the one hand, and material conditions of the production and power on the other. The aim of this discipline is to show this complex web of connections, mainly focusing on this 'exchange zone' between ideas and reality, conceptual and socio-political constellations. In this regard, Fusaro's research involves, on the one hand, the study on the authors that attempted to elaborate a method for the history of ideas, of metaphors and concepts (Foucault, Blumenberg, Koselleck), and, on the other hand, the origins and the semantic modifications of the concept of history from the antiquity on. Currently, he is also focusing on German Idealism, its harbingers (Spinoza) and its followers (Marx).

Table of Contents

About the Author
Preface by Professor Gianni Vattimo
Note to the Reader
1. Marx 2.0: The return of the removed
2. What is Das Kapital?
3. The idealism of the philosophy of praxis: The spectre of Fichte
4. Critique of ideologies and the ontology of social being
5. Marx's open construction site
6. 1989: From class struggle to class annihilation
7. Restarting from Marx

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