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Chapter 6: A Future for Marxism?
A Future for Marxism?
Does Marxism have a future? The short answer is ‘Yes’. The slightly longer answer is a qualified ‘Yes’. What follows elaborates on the slightly longer answer.
What ‘Marxism’ is has been contentious for as long as the word has been in use. Anyone who would reflect on Marxism's future must therefore address this question. In addition, in light of recent work in Marxist philosophy, the idea that the term designates nothing theoretically distinctive at all must also be taken seriously. I will focus on the latter contention – disputing it by pressing a certain view of Marxism's core theoretical commitments, and by arguing that this core can and should have a role in the political theory of the future. ...