Alien Politics: Marxist State Theory Retrieved
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Alien Politics retrieves from the writings of Marx an original theory of the state which remains viable and relevant today. Paul Thomas traces the process by which Marx's theory of the state as the instrument of the capitalist ruling class became transformed into communist dogma under the auspices of Lenin and other "official" Marxist stalwarts. He argues that Marx's writings still have something to teach us and should not be pulled down with the monoliths and mausoleums of communism. The book continues the work of "Western Marxist" thinkers such as Antonio Gramsci and Nicos Poulantzas who came to understand the modern state in terms different from the rightly-discredited "ruling class" theory of the state associated with Leninism. Such Western Marxist theorists--more careful and nuanced readers of Marx than their powerfully-placed antagonists--helped formulate a theory of what Thomas calls "alien politics." The theory of alien politics, originally elaborated by Marx in his early critiques of Hegel and the Young Hegelians, diverges from ruling class state theory because it counterposes the state against civil society rather than treating it as an epiphenomenon of civil society. Unlike ruling class theory, alien politics retains considerable relevance as a critique of state forms that still exist in the West as well as those that have collapsed in the East. This topical and groundbreaking book re-interprets Marx and demonstrates how his ideas remain critical for political theorists, social scientists and anyone interested in the modern state.
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$59.98 used (54% off) $100.00 direct from Amazon $130.00 new Amazon page|
|Call number||JC233.M299.T56 1994|
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
Jonathan Wolff (2002). Why Read Marx Today? Oxford University Press.
John Ehrenberg (1995). Class Politics and the State: Lenin and the Contradictions of Socialism. Science and Society 59 (3):437 - 463.
Kenneth Surin (2009). Freedom Not Yet: Liberation and the Next World Order. Duke University Press.
John F. Manley (2003). Marx in America: The New Deal. Science and Society 67 (1):9 - 38.
David Leopold (2007). The Young Karl Marx: German Philosophy, Modern Politics, and Human Flourishing. Cambridge University Press.
Ted W. Meckstroth (2000). Marx and the Logic of Social Theory: The Capitalist State. Science and Society 64 (1):55 - 86.
Louis Althusser (1971/2001). Lenin and Philosophy, and Other Essays. Monthly Review Press.
Steven Jay Gold (1988). Towards a Marxist Theory of the State. Philosophy Research Archives 14:1-22.
Clyde W. Barrow (2000). The Marx Problem in Marxian State Theory. Science and Society 64 (1):87 - 118.
Karl Marx (1996). Marx: Later Political Writings. Cambridge University Press.
Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
Added to index2009-01-28
Recent downloads (6 months)0
How can I increase my downloads?