Synopses & Reviews
Few thinkers have been declared irrelevant and out of date with such frequency as Karl Marx. Hardly a decade since his death has gone by in which establishment critics have not announced the death of his theory. Whole forests have been felled to produce the paper necessary to fuel this effort to marginalize the coauthor of The Communist Manifesto.
And yet, despite their best efforts to bury him again and again, Marxs specter continues to haunt his detractors more than a century after his passing. As another international economic collapse pushes ever growing numbers out of work, and a renewed wave of popular revolt sweeps across the globe, a new generation is learning to ignore all the taboos and scorn piled upon Marxs ideas and rediscovering that the problems he addressed in his time are remarkably similar to those of our own.
In this engaging and accessible introduction, Alex Callinicos demonstrates that Marxs ideas hold an enduring relevance for todays activists fighting against poverty, inequality, oppression, environmental destruction, and the numerous other injustices of the capitalist system.
Callinicos distinguishes himself from the majority of recent writers by his highly developed awareness of the historical and political context of philosophical enquiry."
Times Literary Review
An accessible, enlightening, and compelling introduction to Karl Marx's ideas, with an emphasis on their enduring relevance.
Despite their best attempts to declare them dead at every opportunity, establishment critics have failed to relegate Karl Marx's ideas to the dustbin of history. Alex Callinicos argues that Marx's ideas have an enduring relevance and provides an engaging and accessible introduction to one of the West's most recognizable social critics.
Alex Callinicos is professor of European studies at Kings College London. He has written widely about Marxism and social theory. His most recent books are Social Theory , Equality , Imperialism and Global Political Economy, and Bonfire of Illusion , all published by Polity.
About the Author
Alex Callinicos is professor of European Studies at Kings College London. He has written widely about Marxism and social theory. His most recent books are Social Theory (1999), Equality (2000), Imperialism and Global Political Economy (2009), and Bonfire of Illusions (2010), all published by Polity. He is editor of the journal International Socialism.