Terrell Carver, Marx, Polity Press, Cambridge, 2018, pp. 222

  • Franco Manni
Book Review

This recent book “takes a present-centred approach to concepts we share with M., and present him as an activist in his own everyday, rather than a somewhat isolated thinker wrestling with thought”[30].

In the “Introduction”, Terrell Carver (TC) points out that Marx-worship is increasingly tenuous, but predicts that Marx (M.) will never disappear from the curricula (and this anti-Popperian-predictive attitude is indeed quite Marxist). Also, TC underlines that most misleading Marx biographies present him as a philosopher because they are written by lecturers of philosophy.

In “Chapter 1” (biographic basics), TC depicts an “up-to-date” M. who aims to bring his fellow socialists up to date with the ideas of Smith, Ricardo and scientific economics. His 1848 Manifesto was a “one-off” piece of writing and, at the time, as unnoticed as his Discourse on free trade. While writing a short bio, M. presented himself as an activist and journalist, not as a “thinker”. But in 1872, a few individuals...


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  1. 1.Virginia Woolf BuildingKing’s College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.LondonUK

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