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Marx on Emancipation and Socialist Goals

Retrieving Marx for the Future


  • Highlights major differences and perspectives from major contemporary studies of Marx

  • Centers around discussion of structures, organizations, and collectives in Marx’s emphasis on emancipation and democracy

  • Especially focused on philosophical and theoretical issues but is widely accessible to readers in other disciplines


Part of the Marx, Engels, and Marxisms book series (MAENMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Goals and Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robert X. Ware
      Pages 3-20
    3. Robert X. Ware
      Pages 21-38
    4. Robert X. Ware
      Pages 39-61
  3. Social Relations and Organizations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Robert X. Ware
      Pages 65-78
    3. Robert X. Ware
      Pages 79-98
    4. Robert X. Ware
      Pages 99-112
  4. Nations, Morality, and Democracy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Robert X. Ware
      Pages 115-140
    3. Robert X. Ware
      Pages 141-155
    4. Robert X. Ware
      Pages 157-180
  5. Reflecting on Transitions and Futures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Robert X. Ware
      Pages 183-202
    3. Robert X. Ware
      Pages 203-222
    4. Robert X. Ware
      Pages 223-245
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 247-256

About this book


This book responds to the need for a retrieval and renewal of the work of Karl Marx through close philosophical analysis of his publications, manuscripts, and letters — especially those relevant to politics, morality, and the future. This philosophical study stands out because of its two principal features. First, it reviews and develops ideas about the future, though often only briefly discussed by Marx and his commentators, drawn from Marx's work. Second, it focuses on collective matters that are critical for Marx's ideas but rarely investigated and still problematic.

Part One introduces Marx with a discussion of emancipation and freedom in community. It then discusses the importance of retrieval and the methodology for promoting it. Part Two is about misunderstandings of Marx's ideas about productive development, division of labour, and organisations. Part Three discusses nations, morality, and democracy, all of which Marx supported. Part Four takes up Marx's significant, but misunderstood, ideas about the future and his relation to the anarchists.


Marx Socialist transition emancipation democracy Future society Reading Marx Post-Capitalism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of CalgaryCalgary, ABCanada

About the authors

Robert X. Ware is a Canadian philosopher, retired from The University of Calgary, Canada, and residing in Ottawa. He did post-doctoral work in linguistics at MIT and has visited universities and institutes in Yugoslavia, Zimbabwe, Belgium, Italy, India, and China (1980s), where he has taught and lectured on many subjects including Marxism.

Bibliographic information


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