Karl Marx, Historian of Social Times and Spaces


Through a discussion with current perspectives in philosophy of history – especially with a critical approach to Paul Ricœur’s work – and a rigorous reading of Karl Marx’s oeuvre, Karl Marx, Historian of Social Times and Spaces proposes an interpretation of Marx's concept and method of historical knowledge. In this sense the examination of Marx's concepts of social space and social time serve to highlight the possibilities of his work in terms of the explanation of the dynamics of complex multilinear development of human societies and of capitalism in particular.

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George García-Quesada, PhD, Kingston University London, is Professor at the University of Costa Rica and Director of its Journal of Philosophy. His writings include books on Henri Lefebvre’s critique of everyday life and the history of the middle class in Costa Rica.
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Introduction: For a Multilinear Science of History

1 History with Social Ontology
 1.1 Praxis and Spatio-Temporal Totalisation
 1.2 Historical Being, Historicity and Categories
 1.3 From World-History to Spatio-Temporal Complexity

2 Theory, Models and Explanation
 2.1 Abstraction and Method
 2.2 Modes of Production and Spatio-Temporal Models
 2.3 Historiographical Explanation

3 In Marx’s Archive
 3.1 Documentary Critique and Critique of Ideology
 3.2 The Imperial Archive and the Limits to Interpretation
 3.3 Beyond Marx’s Archive

4 Narrative as Presentation
 4.1 Presentation, Chronotopes, Narrative
 4.2 Poetics of Theory
 4.3 Emplotment as Politics

Conclusions: Towards a Politics of Spatio-Temporal Totalisation

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