David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
With the disappearance of the horizon of proletarian revolution, and the retreat to the spirit world of the famous 'spectre' of communism, the text has undergone a profound transformation. In short, the Manifesto appears to have been transformed from an eschatological tour de force, in which the end of capitalism was assured ('What the bourgeoisie...produces, above all, is its own gravediggers'), into what Marshall Berman has notoriously described as a 'lyrical celebration of bourgeois works': a celebration, more specifically, of the revolutionary temporality of capitalism; a capitalism which - without a fundamental countervailing force - appears now as open-ended. From the standpoint of the philosophy of history, communism as the eschatological absolute has given way to the 'bad infinity' of capitalism - 'the affirmation as negation of the finite' - capitalism without end, amen. Or at least, so it would seem. But does the rest of the Manifesto belong unambiguously to a shape of life grown old? Or is there another sense in which it is still a 'living' text, after the fall of historical communism? Is there, perhaps, new life in it today? What lives in the Communist Manifesto? In particular - and this is the question I shall address here - what is the temporal character of its address to us, citizen-subjects of Western capitalist democracies? How does it inscribe us into historical time, today?
|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
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
William J. Gavin (1989). Text Vs.Context: Irony and 'the Communist Manifesto'. Studies in East European Thought 37 (4):275-285.
Gerald Gaus (2003). Backwards Into the Future: Neorepublicanism as a Postsocialist Critique of Market Society. Social Philosophy and Policy 20 (1):59-91.
Roger Deacon (2005). Addressing Empire. Theoria 44 (108):102-117.
Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels (2002 ). Communist Manifesto. Penguin Classics.
Karl Marx (1996). Marx: Later Political Writings. Cambridge University Press.
Timo Airaksinen (2012). Great Books, Bad Arguments: Republic, Leviathan and The Communist Manifesto. Hobbes Studies 24 (2):192-195.
Jonathan Wolff, Karl Marx. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Added to index2010-07-24
Total downloads5 ( #226,513 of 1,101,088 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #177,551 of 1,101,088 )
How can I increase my downloads?