Specters of Marx: The State of the Debt, the Work of Mourning and the New International, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Specters of Marx

The State of the Debt, the Work of Mourning and the New International, 1st Edition

By Jacques Derrida


288 pages

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Prodigiously influential, Jacques Derrida gave rise to a comprehensive rethinking of the basic concepts and categories of Western philosophy in the latter part of the twentieth century, with writings central to our understanding of language, meaning, identity, ethics and values.

In 1993, a conference was organized around the question, 'Whither Marxism?’, and Derrida was invited to open the proceedings. His plenary address, 'Specters of Marx', delivered in two parts, forms the basis of this book. Hotly debated when it was first published, a rapidly changing world and world politics have scarcely dented the relevance of this book.


"Its importance within the Derridean canon cannot be overemphasized … The text that scholars turn to … to understand the politics of deconstruction." – Southern Humanities Review

"One of Derrida's best books." – New Statesman and Society

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction. Note on the Text. Dedication. Exordium 1. Injunctions of Marx 2. Conjuring - Marxism 3. Wears and Tears (Tableau of an Ageless World) 4. In the Name of the Revolution, the Double Barricade (Impure "Impure History of Ghosts") 5. Apparition of the Inapparent - the Phenomenological "Conjuring Trick". Notes. Index

About the Author

Jacques Derrida (1930–2004) was born in Algeria. He drew on psychoanalysis, Marxist theory, and Heidegger's philosophy to become a central figure in intellectual life in the latter part of the twentieth century.

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PHILOSOPHY / Political