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Reading Marx

Reading Marx

Slavoj Zizek, Frank Ruda, Agon Hamza

ISBN: 978-1-509-52140-1

Jun 2018, Polity

180 pages




Marx's critique of political economy is vital for understanding the crisis of contemporary capitalism. Yet the nature of its relevance and some of its key tenets remain poorly understood. This bold intervention brings together the work of leading Marx scholars Slavoj Zizek, Agon Hamza and Frank Ruda, to offer a fresh, radical reinterpretation of Marxism that explains the failures of neoliberalism and lays the foundations for a new emancipatory politics.

Avoiding trite comparisons between Marx's world view and our current political scene, the authors show that the current relevance and value of Marx's thought can better be explained by placing his key ideas in dialogue with those that have attempted to replace them. Reading Marx through Hegel and Lacan, particle physics and modern political trends, the authors provide new ways to explain the crisis in contemporary capitalism and resist fundamentalism in all its forms. Reading Marx will find a wide audience amongst activists and scholars.
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Reading Marx: Unexpected Reunions
  • Chapter 1: Marx Reads Object-Oriented-Ontology
  • Chapter 2: Marx in the Cave
  • Chapter 3: Imprinting Negativity: Hegel Reads Marx
  • To Resume (and not Conclude)
  • Notes
  • Index