Marx Through Post-Structuralism: Lyotard, Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze

Marx Through Post-Structuralism: Lyotard, Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze

by Simon Choat

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Marx Through Post-Structuralism presents a thorough critical examination of the readings of Marx given by four post-structuralist thinkers, all key figures in Continental philosophy: Jean-François Lyotard, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Gilles Deleuze. Arguing that both Marx and the post-structuralists seek to produce a genuinely materialist philosophy, the author aims to develop a better understanding of both Marx and post-structuralism and in so doing to reflect on the possibilities and problems for materialist philosophy more broadly.

Against the common assumption that post-structuralism begins with a rejection of Marx, Choat argues that Marx has been a key influence on post-structuralist thought and that each of the four thinkers examined affirms Marx's contemporary significance. By looking at how these thinkers have read Marx - analysing their direct comments, unspoken uses, and implicit criticisms - the book demonstrates that there is a distinct and original post-structuralist approach to Marx that allows us to read him in a new light.
Marx Through Post-Structuralism presents a thorough critical examination of the readings of Marx given by four post-structuralist thinkers, all key figures in Continental philosophy: Jean-François Lyotard, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Gilles Deleuze. Arguing that both Marx and the post-structuralists seek to produce a genuinely materialist philosophy, the author aims to develop a better understanding of both Marx and post-structuralism and in so doing to reflect on the possibilities and problems for materialist philosophy more broadly.

Against the common assumption that post-structuralism begins with a rejection of Marx, Choat argues that Marx has been a key influence on post-structuralist thought and that each of the four thinkers examined affirms Marx's contemporary significance. By looking at how these thinkers have read Marx - analysing their direct comments, unspoken uses, and implicit criticisms - the book demonstrates that there is a distinct and original post-structuralist approach to Marx that allows us to read him in a new light.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441185082
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 03/29/2012
Series: Continuum Studies in Continental Philosophy , #46
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Simon Choat is Lecturer in Politics at Queen Mary, University of London, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Marx and Postwar French Philosophy
2. A Writer Full of Affects: Marx Through Lyotard
3. Messianic Without Messianism: Marx Through Derrida
4. The History of the Present: Marx Through Foucault
5. Becoming Revolutionary: Marx Through Deleuze
6. Marx Through Post-Structuralism
Bibliography
Index

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