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By Peter Osborne

Emphasizing the Romantic historical past and modernist legacy of Karl Marx's writings, Peter Osborne provides Marx's proposal as a constructing research into what it skill, concretely, for people to be functional ancient beings. Drawing upon passages from quite a lot of Marx's writings, and displaying the hyperlinks among them, Osborne refutes the parable of Marx as a reductively economistic philosopher. What Marx intended by means of 'materialism', 'communism' and the 'critique of political economic climate' was once a lot richer and extra unique, philosophically, than is usually well-known. With the renewed globalization of capitalism considering 1989, Osborne argues, Marx's analyses of the results of commodification are extra appropriate at the present time than ever prior to. Extracts are taken from the total breadth of Marx's writings, from his scholar Notebooks on Epicurean Philosophy, through the Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts and The Communist Manifesto to Capital.

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