From Library Journal
Linking Hamlet's ghost with the opening of the Communist Manifesto, the noted French philosopher (Aporias, LJ 2/15/94) meditates on the state and future of Marxism since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Developing two highly expanded lectures, Derrida notes that the current talk of the "new world order" and "the end of history" is the recurrence of a old debate, an attempt to exorcise the "spirit" represented by Marxism, just as Marx was concerned with the "ghosts" and "conjuring" of capitalism. Derrida argues that the deconstructive doctrine of "differance" and Marxism as an act posit many Marxisms. It is therefore the interpreter's duty to preserve the spirit of Marxism by pursuing the ghosts and laying bare the conjurings. This is Derrida's first major statement on Marx; an important book for academic collections.T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, Ga.
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Derrida presents a provocative and... insightful interpretation of Marx. Derrida shows convincingly that Marx is haunted by history and that he wants to put it to an end. -- RRPE
...Derrida is considered a classic of the postmodern canon. -- New York Review of Books, June 1998
...its importance within the Derridean canon cannot be overemphasized...the text that scholars turn to in order to understand the politics of deconstruction... -- Southern Humanities Review
Derrida turns this back interestingly towards internationalism...From the vantage-point of a twentieth century that has already unravelled, he suggests that the spirit of humanism should have been addressed rather than conjured away. Jack Drydyk, Carleton University