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The enduring relevance of Karl Marx

The enduring relevance of Karl Marx

Prew, Paul, Rotta, Tomás ORCID: 0000-0002-5304-9890, Smith, Tony and Vidal, Matt (2018) The enduring relevance of Karl Marx. In: Vidal, Matt, Smith, Tony, Rotta, Tomás and Prew, Paul, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx. OUP USA, New York. ISBN 978-0190695545 (doi:

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This chapter is the introduction to The Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx. It summarizes Marx’s enduring relevance by demonstrating the continuing applicability of his concepts and theories to understanding twenty-first century capitalism and its crises, along with the historical development of human society across varying modes of production. It presents an intellectual biography linking the major moments in Marx’s life to his ideas and theories. The biography also gives insight into Marx’s approach to research by focusing more closely on the method he outlined in the Grundrisse. It demonstrates, among other things, that Marx continually revised his ideas in light of new evidence and argumentation. The chapter concludes with brief summaries of the handbook’s contributions, paying specific attention to the ongoing relevance of each chapter to societal concerns. While the introduction introduces the reader to the varied chapters in the handbook, it goes beyond mere summary to provide fresh insight into Marx’s life, work, and promise.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: "This handbook is currently in development, with individual articles publishing online in advance of print publication."
Uncontrolled Keywords: Capitalism, class, historical materialism, institutions, Karl Marx, political economy, social theory
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2020 01:38

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