This book is the first comprehensive guide and introduction to the central theorists in the post-marxist intellectual tradition. In jargon free language it seeks to unpack, explain, and review many of the key figures behind the rethinking of the legacy of Marx and Marxism in theory and practice. Key thinkers covered include Cornelius Castoriadis, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Deleuze and Guattari, Laclau and Mouffe, Agnes Heller, Jacques Derrida, Jurgen Habermas and post-Marxist feminism. Underlying the whole text is the central question: What is Post-Marxism? Each chapter covers a key thinker or contribution and thus can be read as a stand alone introduction to the principal aspects of their approach. Each chapter is also followed by a summary of key points with a guide to further reading.  

Conclusion: Whither Post-Marxism?

Conclusion: Whither post-marxism?

In the introduction we deferred offering a definition or indeed judgement on Post-Marxism, pending a discussion on the work and contribution of a number of critical theorists whose work has been discussed in relation to it. However, conclusions are occasions for drawing together the strands of the preceding argument in an effort to resolve outstanding issues. In our view there would seem to be at least two matters that we can and indeed should comment on in closing. This is firstly to what extent it is possible to identify a common position that is identifiably ‘Post-Marxian’. Is it meaningful to talk of a Post-Marxian approach or a Post-Marxian politics? Is there anything that unites these figures beyond a deep scepticism ...

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