26.01.2012 - Marx Through Post-Structuralism - Simon Choat (Continuum, paperback)
Marx Through Post-Structuralism presents a thorough critical examination of the readings of Marx given by four post-structuralist thinkers, all key figures in Continental philosophy: Jean-François Lyotard, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Gilles Deleuze. Arguing that both Marx and the post-structuralists seek to produce a genuinely materialist philosophy, the author aims to develop a better understanding of both Marx and post-structuralism and in so doing to reflect on the possibilities and problems for materialist philosophy more broadly.
Against the common assumption that post-structuralism begins with a rejection of Marx, Choat argues that Marx has been a key influence on post-structuralist thought and that each of the four thinkers examined affirms Marx’s contemporary significance. By looking at how these thinkers have read Marx – analysing their direct comments, unspoken uses, and implicit criticisms – the book demonstrates that there is a distinct and original post-structuralist approach to Marx that allows us to read him in a new light.
Table of Contents
1. Marx and Postwar French Philosophy
2. A Writer Full of Affects: Marx Through Lyotard
3. Messianic Without Messianism: Marx Through Derrida
4. The History of the Present: Marx Through Foucault