[OPE-L:7648] Bensaid: Untimely Marx

From: Rakesh Bhandari (rakeshb@stanford.edu)
Date: Wed Sep 11 2002 - 10:56:15 EDT

Untimely Marx: Adventures and Misadventures of a Critique
by Daneil Bensaid, Daniel Bensaid, Gregory Elliott (Translator)

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     * Hardcover: 400 pages
     * Publisher: Verso Books; ISBN: 1859847129; (October 2002)
     * Amazon.com Sales Rank: 1,190,775

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Book Description
Without denying the contradictory character of Marx's thought, the 
French philosopher Daniel Bensa´d sets out to demonstrate that it was 
not a philosophy of the end of history, an empirical sociology of 
classes, or a positive science of economics positing an inexorable 
progress towards an ineluctable communism. Instead, Marx's 'critique 
of political economy' encompassed three great critiques of the 
scientific and political canons of its age-historical reason, 
sociological rationality and scientific positivism-which make this 
19th-century thinker relevant to the 21st century of global 
capitalism. Indeed, we find here a 'post-postmodern Marx' inhabiting 
a contemporary world replete with contingency, crisis and 
contradiction. Bensa´d's book is an invitation to rediscover our 
foremost contemporary thinker, Karl Marx.

About the Author
Daniel Bensa´d>/B> teaches philosophy at the University of Paris VIII 
and is the author of books on Marxism, Walter Benjamin, the French 
Revolution and Joan of Arc.

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