1st Edition

Reassessing Marx’s Social and Political Philosophy Freedom, Recognition, and Human Flourishing

Edited By Jan Kandiyali Copyright 2018
    286 Pages
    by Routledge

    286 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


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

    "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

    "Kandiyali’s collection evidences the powerful normative dimension to Marx’s thought."Paul Blackledge, Critique

    "Overall, this volume will be of great value to scholars and advanced students interested in recent debates in Marxist philosophy. By providing a survey of this upswing in research on Marx, drawing connections with Hegel scholarship and Anglo-American philosophy, it makes an important contribution towards revivifying the significant resources that the Marxian toolbox can provide to contemporary critical thought." - Robert P. Jackson, Hegel Bulletin