Specters of Marx
The State of the Debt, the Work of Mourning, and the New International
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Specters of Marx is a major new book from the renowned French philosopher Jacques Derrida. It represents his first important statement on Marx and his definitive entry into social and political philosophy.
"Specter" is the first noun one reads in The Manifesto of the Communist Party. But that's just the beginning. Once you start to notice them, there is no counting all the ghosts, spirits, specters and spooks that crowd Marx's text. If they are to count for something, however, one must question the spectropoetics that Marx allowed to invade his discourse. In Specters of Marx, Derrida undertakes this task within the context of a critique of the new dogmatism and "new world order" that have proclaimed the death of Marxism and of Marx.
Jacques Derrida is Directeur d'Etudes, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. He is well known to English-language readers for such works as Of Grammatology, Spurs, The Post Card, and Cinders. Acts of Literature, a collection of his essays, is available from Routledge.
"Derrida presents a provocative and... insightful interpretation of Marx. Derrida shows convincingly that Marx is haunted by history and that he wants to put it to an end." -- RRPE
"...Derrida is considered a classic of the postmodern canon." -- New York Review of Books, June 1998
"...its importance within the Derridean canon cannot be overemphasized...the text that scholars turn to in order to understand the politics of deconstruction..." -- Southern Humanities Review Derrida turns this back interestingly towards internationalism...From the vantage-point of a twentieth century that has already unravelled, he suggests that the spirit of humanism should have been addressed rather than conjured away. Jack Drydyk, Carleton University