Marxism and Ethics: Freedom, Desire, and Revolution

Marxism and Ethics: Freedom, Desire, and Revolution

by Paul Blackledge


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438439907
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 01/02/2013
Series: SUNY series in Radical Social and Political Theory Series
Pages: 249
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Paul Blackledge is Professor of Political Theory at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is the author of Perry Anderson, Marxism, and the New Left and Reflections on the Marxist Theory of History, and the coeditor (with Graeme Kirkpatrick) of Historical Materialism and Social Evolution.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Marxism’s Ethical Deficit

1. Ethics as a Problem for Marxism

2. Marx and the Moral Point of View

3. Ethics and Politics in Second and Third International Marxism

4. Western Marxism’s Tragic Vision: Socialist Ethics in a Non-Revolutionary Age

5. Alasdair MacIntyre’s Contribution to an Ethical Marxism

Conclusion: From Ethics to Politics


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Alasdair MacIntyre

This book provides impressive evidence of the intellectual and moral strengths of contemporary Marxism. Paul Blackledge has provided the best history so far written of Marxism's engagement with ethics. He enables us to understand Marx's own moral concerns better than Marx himself did. And he has made an incisive contribution to contemporary moral debate. Critics of Marx and Marxism, including sympathetic critics such as myself, will have to take this book very seriously. (Alasdair MacIntyre, author of After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory, Third Edition)

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