Who Is ‘The Prince’?: Hegel and Marx in Jameson and Bhaskar

In: Historical Materialism
Alan Norrie School of Law, University of Warwick

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This article compares the dialectics of Fredric Jameson and Roy Bhaskar. From a dialectical critical-realist standpoint, it argues that Jameson’s approach in his recent collection Valences of the Dialectic sits uncomfortably between Hegelian and Marxist presuppositions. This is seen in the way he configures the relation between thinking and being, and it leads to an alliance with poststructuralist thinking in which real negativity is denied. In consequence, his thought is caught between a critique of the present and the impossibility of thinking real change within it.

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