David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Inquiry 29 (1-4):29 – 43 (1986)
Elster's understanding of Marx is reviewed in three areas: the theory of value, the theory of history, and dialectics. In each area Elster goes astray in quite superficial ways, not instructive ones. There is a simple underlying reason in almost every case, viz. that Elster fails to confront the distinction in the philosophy of science between the methods of atomism and essentialism. Since Marx was an essentialist, Elster's attempt to assimilate Marx to the atomist tradition has as much serious interest as attempts to show that Kant was a utilitarian, Hegel a classical empiricist, or whales fishes. The conclusions are that the book is an unsympathetic treatment of Marx, that it is lacking in scholarship and balance, and that the standard of argument is unusually poor
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Ernest Nagel (1961). The Structure of Science: Problems in the Logic of Scientific Explanation. Harcourt, Brace & World.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
John M. Maguire (1978). Marx's Theory of Politics. Cambridge University Press.
Cliff Slaughter (1986). Making Sense of Elster. Inquiry 29 (1-4):45 – 56.
Allen W. Wood (1986). Historical Materialism and Functional Explanation. Inquiry 29 (1-4):11 – 27.
Douglass C. North (1986). Is It Worth Making Sense of Marx? Inquiry 29 (1-4):57 – 63.
Arno Wouters (1993). Marx's Embryology of Society. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 23 (2):149-179.
Norman Levine (2012). Marx's Discourse with Hegel. Palgrave Macmillan.
Graeme Kirkpatrick (1994). Philosophical Foundations of Analytical Marxism. Science and Society 58 (1):34 - 52.
John L. Stanley (1997). Marx's Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Nature. Science and Society 61 (4):449 - 473.
Michael Taylor (1986). Elster's Marx. Inquiry 29 (1-4):3 – 10.
Added to index2009-01-30
Total downloads22 ( #109,201 of 1,696,305 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #333,740 of 1,696,305 )
How can I increase my downloads?