Does Marxism possess an ethical impulse? Is there a moral foundation that underpins the Marxist critique of capitalism and the vision for social progress? The essays collected in
Constructing Marxist Ethics: Critique, Normativity, Praxis argue that there is such an ethical grounding for Marxist theory. The essays, each from different vantage points, construct what a Marxian ethics should look like: what kind of values should be at the heart of the Marxian enterprise. Contributors are: Dan Albanese, Paul Blackledge, Bob Cannon, Tony Burns, Ian Fraser, Ruth Groff, Wadood Hamad, Christoph Henning, Peter Hudis, Lauren Langman, George E. McCarthy, Sean Sayers, Michael J. Thompson, and Lawrence Wilde.
Michael J. Thompson, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Political Science, William Paterson University, USA.
Table of contents
Acknowledgments List of Contributors Introduction PART I: MARXIST HUMANISM AND ETHICAL MODELS 1. The Marxian Roots of Radical Humanism
Lawrence Wilde 2. The Idea of the “Struggle for Recognition” in the Ethical Thought of the Young Marx and its Relevance Today
Tony Burns 3. Political Economy and the Normative: Marx on Human Nature and the Quest for Dignity
Lauren Langman and Dan Albanese 4. Art as Ethics: The Aesthetic Self
Ian Fraser PART II: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON RIGHTS AND JUSTICE 5. Reclaiming Marx: Principles of Justice as a Critical Foundation in Moral Realism
Wadood Y. Hamad 6. Marx as a Critic of Liberalism Sean Sayers 7. Marx, Modernity and Human Rights
Bob Cannon 8. Last of the Schoolmen: Natural Law and Social Justice in Karl Marx
George E. McCarthy PART III: TOWARD A THEORY OF MARXIST ETHICS 9. Philosophical Foundations for a Marxian Ethics
Michael J. Thompson 10. Political Economy with Perfectionist Premises: Three Types of Criticism in Marx
Christoph Henning 11. G.A. Cohen and the Limits of Analytical Marxism
Paul Blackledge 12. On the Ethical Contours of Thin Aristotelian Marxism
Ruth Groff 13. The Ethical Implications of Marx’s Concept of a Post-Capitalist Society
Peter Hudis Index
Readers interested in this book will be those following Marxist theory and philosophy, critical social theory, critical theory, moral philosophy, ethical theory and political theory.