- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Routledge (2 July 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415198763
- ISBN-13: 978-0415198769
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,438,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Algebra of Revolution: The Dialectic and the Classical Marxist Tradition (Revolutionary Studies) Hardcover – 2 Jul 1998
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""The Algebra of Revolution offers a fresh and superbly clarifying account of the major developments in classical Marxism. It presents this account in terms that a wide range of readers will be able to understand.."-William Keach, Brown University
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Rees attempt to demonstrate that this failure as not a failure of Marx's theory, but rather the failure of many on the Left to understand it, particularly to understand it in the context of the dialectical method. In a way this is reminiscent of Lenin's critique - where he claimed that '...without having thoroughly studied and understood the whole of Hegels Logic...none of the Marxists have understood Marx.'
In short; Rees summarises Hegel's philosophy, Marx's critique of it and the development of material dialectic, how Marxists have subsequently interpreted it and the significance of those interpretations to both theory and practice.
Although this may sound heavy going for the uninitiated, it is however very assessable, and addresses some of the basic questions we might ask - what am I? How do I change? How am I related to the world outside me? why is the world the way it is? can I change the world? if so, how? At the heart of Marx's philosophy is an attempt to answer these questions and others, and a critical aspect to understanding this philosophy is the dialectic - and this is the core of Rees's book. In the very simplest form - contradiction and change i.e.Read more ›
Rees's book is quite clearly the best currently available introduction to the Marxist dialectic in English, as well as being a serious study of controversial issues. Here the biographical method enables Rees to make philosophical ideas clearer by putting them in the contexts of their authors' times and political engagements. I would still recommend the book as fundamental reading for Marxists.
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