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Philosophy and Myth in Karl Marx Paperback – October 11, 2000
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About the Author
Robert C. Tucker is professor emeritus of politics at Princeton University. Among his publications are Stalinism: Essays in Historical Interpretation; The Soviet Political Mind, rev. ed.; The Marxian Revolutionary Idea; Stalin as Revolutionary: A Study in History and Personality, 1879-1929; and Stalin in Power: The Revolution from Above 1928-1941.
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Tucker takes you on a history of the underlying philosophy that influenced Marx from German Ideal Philosophy and Romanticism to of course Hegelianism, but this is no dry read. It is vibrant, exciting and a true page turner. I was sad when the book ended. Whether you are pro or con as far as Marx is concerned, you will come out of reading this book with at least an admiration for the intellectual that he was and a deeper and greater appreciation of the elements that have gone into making the modern and postmodern mind.
If you are a Marxist or lean that way this book will give you a great indepth understanding of Marx that you won't get from any other work and if you are on the right, this book will give you an understanding of so much of progressive thinking that seems incoherent to you. Along the way you will both be surprised as Tucker, in fully reviewing older Marxism, the ideas that Marx actually wrote, also brings out the areas of his thought where he actually agrees with classical liberal/libertarian ideas. This makes neo-Marxists pensive and turn reactionary as they can't have anyone, especially true believers reading that Marx and classical liberals had a lot of things in common. The meta-narrative today is that classical liberalism was fascist, so you cant have it linked to the founder of scientific socialism.
This book is a tour de force not to be missed, no matter what the dry reactionary neo-Marxists think and comment here.
The way in which Hegel influenced Marx and Marxists is a philosophical tragedy in itself as teleological thinking and potential violence come into conjuncition. To pin that on Marx and use Hegel for justifying capitalism as 'cunning of reason' is a bit stinkpotish.Read more ›