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The history of the left from Marx to the present: theoretical perspectives
bookposted on 2023-06-08, 07:03 authored by Darrow SchecterDarrow Schecter
There are many ways of presenting the history of the left. In this concise and cogent survey, Darrow Schecter avoids trivializing struggles of the last 150 years, focusing on Marx's theories and the diverse struggles for human emancipation that have characterized European and world history since the French Revolution. Each chapter in the book builds on the previous one, analysing the emergence and development of a specifically left wing understanding of the relation between knowledge, left politics, and emancipation. Schecter explores the crucial question of how to institutionalize the relation between humanity and nature in a free society of fully humanized individuals. Including discussions of Marxism, Critical Theory, Anarchism, Surrealism, and Global Anti-Capitalism, The History of the Left from Marx to the Present is a valuable tool for understanding the theories that have helped shape our present-day political world.
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NotesThe book analyses the emergence and development of a specifically left-wing understanding of the relation between knowledge, politics and emancipation. It explores the crucial question of how best to institutionalise the relation between humanity and nature. In addition to providing detailed accounts of Marx, Western Marxism, the Frankfurt School, the libertarian tradition, post-structuralism and global anti-capitalism, the book re-articulates the relation between the critique of political economy and the critique of daily life.
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