Karl Marx's Theory of History: A Defence

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - Philosophy - 442 pages
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First published in 1978, this book rapidly established itself as a classic of modern Marxism. Cohen's masterful application of advanced philosophical techniques in an uncompromising defence of historical materialism commanded widespread admiration. In the ensuing twenty years, the book has served as a flagship of a powerful intellectual movement - analytical Marxism. In this expanded edition Cohen offers his own account of the history, and the further promise, of analytical Marxism. Healso expresses reservations about traditional historical materialism, in the light of which he reconstructs the theory, and he studies the implications for historical materialism of the demise of the Soviet Union.
  

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Contents

IMAGES OF HISTORY IN HEGEL AND MARX
1
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE PRODUCTIVE FORCES
28
THE ECONOMIC STRUCTURE
63
MATERIAL AND SOCIAL PROPERTIES OF SOCIETY
88
FETISHISM
115
6 Commodity Fetishism Religion and Politics
125
7 Communism as the Liberation of the Content
129
THE PRIMACY OF THE PRODUCTIVE FORCES
134
3 Explanation of Property Relations and Law by Production Relations
225
4 Bases Need Superstructures
231
5 Is the Economic Structure Independendy Observable?
234
6 More on Rights and Powers
236
7 Rights and Powers of the Proletariat
240
8 Addenda
245
IN GENERAL
249
2 Explanation
251

The Preface
136
Outside the Preface
142
4 The Case for Primacy
151
5 The Nature of the Primacy of the Forces
160
6 Productive Forces Material Relations Social Relations
166
7 All earlier modes of production were essentially conservative
169
8 Addendum
172
THE PRODUCTIVE FORCES AND CAPITALISM
175
2 The Capitalist Economic Structure and the Capitalist Mode of Production
180
3 Capitalism and the Development of the Productive Forces
193
4 Four Epochs
197
5 Capitalisms Mission and its Fate
201
6 The Presuppositions of Socialism
204
7 Why are Classes Necessary?
207
BASE AND SUPERSTRUCTURE POWERS AND RIGHTS
216
2 The Problem of Legality
217
3 Functionstatements and Functional Explanations
253
4 The Structure of Functional Explanation
258
5 Confirmation
265
6 Are any Functional Explanations True?
266
7 Consequence Explanation and the Deductivenomological Model
272
IN MARXISM
278
USEVALUE EXCHANGEVALUE AND CONTEMPORARY
297
FETTERING
326
RECONSIDERING HISTORICAL MATERIALISM
341
RESTRICTED AND INCLUSIVE HISTORICAL
364
MARXISM AFTER THE COLLAPSE OF THE SOVIET
389
Karl Marx and the Withering Away of Social Science
396
Some Definitions
415
LIST OF WORKS CITED
425
NAME INDEX
433
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About the author (2000)

G. A. Cohen is at University of Oxford.

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