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Themes lined contain analytical Marxism, technique, exploitation, and materialism. Contents: creation; what's a Marxist Today?; what's residing and what's useless in Marxism?; Analytical Marxism and Morality; easy methods to Make No feel of Marx; Elster, Marx and method; Marxism and renowned Politics: The Microfoundations of sophistication clash; group, culture, and the sixth Thesis on Feuerbach; Methodological Individualism, mental Individualism and the safety of cause; moment innovations on estate family members and Exploitation; John Roemer's fiscal Philosophy and the Perils of Formalism; at the Exploitation of Cotton, Corn and hard work; a substitute for 'Distributive' Marxism: extra strategies on Roemer, Cohen, and Exploitation; Roemer vs. Marx; may still a person have an interest in Exploitation?; Exploitation and Equality: Labour energy as a Non-Commodity; Marxism, Materialism and historic development; Ruling principles; Rationality and Alienation; In Defence of Abundance; Afterword.

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It is understandable but no less amazing that Elster in his comprehensive Making Sense of Marx has virtually nothing to say about analytical Marxist philosophers other than Cohen and indeed does not even include most of the philosophical works mentioned above in his long bibliography. It is misleading to say in the series statement to that book and others that there is a new `paradigm,' an overworked and ambiguous term, anyway. There is no one theory of analytical Marxism, not even one way of doing analytical Marxism.

There is at least a difference of attitude here between analytical Marxists and classical Marxists of various kinds. (For a sympathetic discussion of dialectics, see Wood's Karl Marx. Under one interpretation of dialectics, Elster also thinks it is an important Marxist contribution to preserve. ) The neglect of dialectics will be enough for some to eschew analytical Marxism. Arguments that this neglect has led to serious mistakes are found in the papers by Sayers and by Mandel in this volume. I personally think that the questions of methodology are still too obscure on both sides to establish any inconsistency or logical faults of either method.

Little (this volume) also shows the importance of rationality in social explanation, along with many other factors. It is not plausible to make rational choice the whole of one's theory, however, as often seems to be the case. Two challenges to the view that all individual behavior is the result of rational choice come immediately to mind. One might be called the Hobbesian challenge because of Hobbes' challenge: read thyself. This was his challenge to those who might doubt his view that people are always self-interested.

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