Reassessing Marx’s Social and Political Philosophy: Freedom, Recognition, and Human Flourishing, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Reassessing Marx’s Social and Political Philosophy

Freedom, Recognition, and Human Flourishing, 1st Edition

Edited by Jan Kandiyali


278 pages

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Interest in the study of Marx’s thought has shown a revival in recent years, with a number of newly established academic societies, conferences, and journals dedicated to discussing his thought. This book brings together distinguished and up-and-coming scholars to provide a major re-evaluation of historical issues in Marx scholarship and to connect Marx’s ideas with fresh debates in contemporary Anglo-American social and political philosophy. Among the topics discussed are Marx’s relationship to his philosophical predecessors—including Hegel, the young Hegelians, and the utopian socialists—his concept of recognition, his critique of liberalism, and his views on the good life. This book will be of interest to scholars and advanced students interested in Marx, Hegel, the history of political thought, and social and political philosophy.


"This collection makes an absolutely compelling case that Marx holds a central place in the great tradition of normative social philosophy from Kant and Rousseau to Rawls and Honneth…The sophistication with which Marx’s arguments are examined surely makes this one of the most important books in Marxian philosophy published in recent decades." - Tony Smith, Marx & Philosophy Review of Books

"This very stimulating volume raises – and indicates various ways of answering – the question as to what it means to take Marx as a philosopher." -Meade McCloughan, Marx & Philosophy Review of Books

Table of Contents


Jan Kandiyali

Part I: Marx and his Predecessors

1. Perfectionism, Alienation, and Freedom: From the German Idealists to Marx

Douglas Moggach

2. The Early Marx and Hegel: The Young Hegelian Mediation

Emmanuel Renault

3. Marx, Engels, and Some (Non-Foundational) Arguments against Utopian Socialism

David Leopold

Part II: Marx and Recognition

4. From the Old Hegel to the Young Marx and Back: Two Sketches of an Evaluative Ontology of the Human Life-Form

Heikki Ikäheimo

5.How do Rights Affect our Freedom? On some differences between Hegel and Marx – and why they shed light on Honneth’s social philosoph

Hans-Christoph Schmidt am Busch

6. Human Solidarity in Hegel and Marx

Andrew Chitty

Part III: Marx and Liberalism

7. Marx and Hegel on the Value of ‘Bourgeois’ Ideals

Frederick Neuhouser

8. Marxian Liberalism

Jeffrey Reiman

9. Liberalism, Marxism, Equality, and Living Well

Christine Sypnowich

Part IV: Marx, Communism and Good Life

10. Two Marxian Themes: The Alienation of Labour and the Linkage Thesis

Daniel Brudney

11. Schiller and Marx on Specialization and Self-Realization

Jan Kandiyali

12. The Idea of Communism

Sean Sayers

About the Editor

Jan Kandiyali is Assistant Professor in Philosophy at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Philosophy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / General
PHILOSOPHY / Political
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism & Socialism