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Elster's making sense of Marx.09 - Whats left of Marx? Jon...

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What’s left of Marx? Jon Elster, Making Sense of Marx . Cambridge University Press 1985. Marx’s arguments turn out to be important but not true, or true but not important. 1.Marx views on man’s relationship to nature, are neither rambling and incoherent or inherently trivial. They are true but not important 2. Marx’s psychological theory is largely based on wishful thinking denying or ignoring important features of human nature. 3. Marx’s philosophy of history like Hegel’s is imprisoned in a halfway house, between a fully religion and a fully secular view. Its teleology – that history is moving inexorably toward the victory of the proletariat – can be readily used, and was used to defend Stalinist sacrifice of living men and women for the sake of a speculative future. -pre-communist folks can be slaughtered 4. The labour theory of value, the cornerstone of Marxist economics, is useless at best, harmful and misleading at its not infrequent worst. For Marx, the value of commodities
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