Re: [OPE-L] Rawls on Marx's idea of species essence

From: Rakesh Bhandari (bhandari@BERKELEY.EDU)
Date: Wed Mar 07 2007 - 11:10:22 EST

> I wish John Rawls would have understood just one single word of all these.

But Rawls wrote those words?. In his chapters on Marx he draws on Geras,
Allen Wood and Foley. I read the chapters on Marx in the bookstore, but he
is remarkably sympathetic to Marx, though of course he advocates a social
democracy guided by his principles of justice over Marxian communism. His
understanding of Marx's basic historical materialism echoes Max Adler's,
though he indeed does not really understand Marx's three most important
theories--the general theory of modes of production in terms of a
contradiction of forces and relations of production, the specific theory
of the laws of motion of the capitalist mode of production, and the theory
of class struggle as the bearer of historical change. He is John Rawls
after all.

Yours, Rakesh

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> Von: bhandari@BERKELEY.EDU
> Verschickt: Di., 6. Mrz. 2007, 23:33
> Thema: [OPE-L] Rawls on Marx's idea of species essence
> John Rawls, Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy:
> Human beings are a distinctive natural kind--or species--in the sense that
> they collectively produce and reproduce their conditions of social life
> over time. Yet along with this their social forms evolve historically and
> in a certain sequence until eventually a social form develops that is,
> more or less, adequate to their nature as rational and active beings who,
> as it were, create, working with the forces of nature, the conditions of
> their complete social self realization. The activity by which this
> collective self-expression is accomplished is species-activity: that is,
> the cooperative work of many generations and is completed only after a
> long period of time.
> p. 363
> book just out from Harvard University Press
> Also a critique of left libertarian Marxism in the name of coercive
> enforcement of policies required for justice as Rawls theorizes it...
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