Marx's Resurrection of Aristotle

by Norman Levine
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This book seeks to show how Karl Marx’s vision of communism was a continuation of Aristotle’s classical humanist philosophy. Challenging the Engelsian distortion of Marx, it presents a negation of previous interpretations of Marx which present him in materialist terms. Engels proposed a picture of the highest stage of communist society as an economic egalitarianism, a vision which became an axiom of Leninist-Stalinist-Soviet Communism. By contrast, here it is shown that Marx embraced the Aristotelian concept of “distributive justice”, of proportionate equality. Spanning the works of Marx, from his university education and doctoral dissertation on the differences between the Democritean and Epicurean philosophy of the atom, to the study of his Rheinische Zeitung period and the persistence of classical humanism in Marx’s defense of the freedom of the press, Levine skillfully reveals the gravitational pull between Marx and Aristotle.


Showing how classical humanism is the dominant ethos in the communism of Marx, the book includes chapters on:



  • Hegel as a transition point between Aristotle and Marx

  • The links between Marx’s theory of labor and Aristotle’s idea of the constitutive subject located in The Politics

  •  How the local methodologies of Aristotle and Hegel provided Marx with the social methodologies by which to interpret the functioning of capitalism


Marx's Resurrection of Aristotle is the culmination of Norman Levine's life-long work to establish the correct placement of Marx and Marx’s communism within the classical humanist tradition.


Contributors

Author:
Norman Levine

Further information

Illustrations Note:
XIII, 354 p.
Table of Contents:
1. Introduction.- 2.The Tyranny of Greece over Marx.- 3. The Restoration of Civic Humanism.- 4. The Pneumatology of Labor.- 5. Marx's Pneumatology of Labor and His Method of Explanation.- 6. Aristotle and Hegel as the Co-Authors of Das Kapital.- 7. The Ethical Basis of Communism.




Remarks:
Shows how Karl Marx’s vision of communism was a continuation of Aristotle’s classical humanist philosophy


Presents a negation of previous interpretations of Marx which present him in materialist terms


Illuminates how the local methodologies of Aristotle and Hegel provided Marx with the social methodologies by which to interpret the functioning of capitalism

Media Type:
Hardcover
Publisher:
Springer International Publishing
Biography Artist:
Professor Norman Levine received his Ph.D. from New York University. He was a member of the faculty at DePauw University and then transferred to the University of Maryland Baltimore County where he was promoted to Full Professor and from which he retired in 1980. He has published thirty seven scholarly articles and eight previous books.  He is the recipient of numerous research grants, including two Fulbright Senior Research Fellowships. Among other institutions, Professor Levine was invited to lecture at the Free University of Berlin, Cambridge University, and from 1990 to 2016 for two months each year at the University of Beijing.

Language:
English
Edition:
1st ed. 2021
Number of Pages:
354

Master Data

Product Type:
Hardback book
Package Dimensions:
0.212 x 0.152 x 0.026 m; 0.62 kg
GTIN:
09783030570347
DUIN:
EMFDO41QO3L
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