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Marx and Human Nature: Refutation of a Legend

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By Geras, Norman

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Marx did not reject the idea of a human nature. He was right not to do so. That is the conclusion of this passionate and polemical new work by Norman Geras. In it, he places the sixth of Marx s Theses on Feuerbach under rigorous scrutiny. He argues that this ambiguous statement w...idely cited as evidence that Marx broke with all conceptions of human nature in 1845 must be read in the context of Marx s work as a whole. His later writings are informed by an idea of a specifically human nature that fulfills both explanatory and normative functions. The belief that Marx s historical materialism entailed a denial of the conception of human nature is, Geras writes, an old fixation, which the Althusserian influence in this matter has fed upon Because this fixation still exists and is misguided, it is still necessary to challenge it. One hundred years after Marx s death, this timely essay combining the strengths of analytical philosophy and classical Marxism rediscovers a central part of his heritage.
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ISBN 9781784782351
Released NZ 23 Mar 2016
Publisher Verso Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Series Radical Thinkers
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ISBN-13 9781784782351
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Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Verso Books
Imprint Verso Books
Released 23 Mar 2016
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Geras, Norman
Series Radical Thinkers
Category Western philosophy
Western philosophy, c 500 to c 1600
Socialism & Left-Of-Centre Democratic Ideologies
Number of Pages 144
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 8mm
Dewey Code 335.4
Weight 367g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Communism and society
NBS Text Political Ideologies & Parties
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly