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.  

Jacques Derrida: Deconstructing Marxism(s)1

Jacques Derrida: Deconstructing marxism(s)

We would be tempted to distinguish this spirit of the Marxist critique, which seems to be more indispensable than ever today, at once from Marxism as ontology, philosophical or metaphysical system … and from Marxism incorporated in the apparatuses of party, State or Workers' International. (Derrida, 1994)

Strictly, Derrida (1930–2004) could not be categorised as a ‘Post-Marxist’. He never labelled himself as such. And he never was a Marxist. Yet he demands inclusion here, not merely because of his enormous influence on the ‘Post-Marxist’ canon, especially on Laclau and Post-Marxist feminism, but also because the ‘event’ that many sympathetic and not-so-sympathetic to the Post-Marxist idiom had been waiting for finally arrived: Derrida's explicit settling of accounts with Marx and ...

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