The Bourgeois Charm of Karl Marx & the Ideological Irony of American Jurisprudence


Author: Dana Neacsu
The Bourgeois Charm of Karl Marx & the Ideological Irony of American Jurisprudence employs a well-known body of work, Marx’s, to explain the inevitable limits of scholarship, in hopes to encourage academic boldness, and diversity, especially within American jurisprudence.
While scholarly meaning-making has been addressed in specific academic areas, mostly linguistics and philosophy, it has never been addressed in a triangular relationship between the text (T1) and its instigator (S1), as well as its subsequent interpellator (S2). Furthermore, while addressed as a result of difference, it has never been addressed for today’s liberal theory, which includes liberal jurisprudence, through the mirror of Marxist difference.
Scholarship is the unique product of the instigator’s private and public subjectivity, as all theory is aimed to be communicated and used by the scholarly community and beyond. Understanding its public life, textual instigators (S1) aim to control its meaning employing various research methods to observe reality and then to convey their narrative, or “philosophy”. But meaning is not fixed; it is negotiated by S1 and those theories interpellate (S2), according to their own private and public subjectivity, which covers their ideology. Negotiated meaning is always a surprise to both S1 and S2, surprise which is both ironic and ideological. The book has ten chapters, an index and a list of references

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Dana Neacsu, Ph.D. (2011), Rutgers University, is Librarian and Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School (2000-), and Adjunct Professor at Barnard College (2003-). She has published monographs, and many articles on jurisprudence, including Introduction to US Law and Legal Research (Transnational, 2005), Introduction to U.S. Law, Policy and Research – An Environmental Perspective (Vandeplas Publishing, 2019) (with Peter Bower) as well as Sexual Orientation, Gender Identities, and the Law: A Research Bibliography, (2006-2016) (Hein, 2018) (co-editor-in-chief, with David Brian Holt).
List of Illustrations
 1Marx, Irony and Ideology – Negotiating Meaning
 2Meaning as a Result of Textual Instigation and Interpellation
1Contextualizing Marx: Differentiating to Embrace or to Reject?
 1Marx and Dewey
 2Linguistic and Cultural Barriers to Marx’s Works
 3Cultural Lifespan
 4Marxian Ideology as Soviet, ergo, Undesired, Subjectivity
 5Marx’s Un-American Attitude toward Religion
 6Marx’s Human Progress and Self-Promotion
2Marxian or Marxism: Labels Differentiating Content or Fabricating Difference?
3Textual Differences and Marx’s Interdisciplinary Dialectics
 1Dialectics and Ideology: Thinking, Researching and Incorporating Observations
 2Marxian Interdisciplinary Dialectics
 3Dialectics and Post-Marxian Scholarship
4Private Subjectivity, Alienation and Theory Production
 1Alienation as Creative Reification
 2Alienation and Ideological Resistance to Power Structures
 3Karl Marx, the Alienated Alienating Intellectual
5Ideology as Public (Political) Subjectivity
 1Ideology through the Ages
 2Marxian and Marxist Views on Ideology
 3Academic (Ideological) Purges?
 4Marx and Ideological Identity
 5Ideology and Ideological Propaganda
 6Mass Media – Ideology Is the Message
6The Irony of Scholarship Production
 1Encoded Irony in T₁
 2Dormant Irony as T₁ Textual Omissions
 3Textual Irony and Rorty’s Intellectual Ironist
7Ideological Irony – S₂ Actuating T₁’s Meaning
 1Irony and Direct Scholastic Criticism
 2Scholarship as (Ironic) Polite Criticis
8The Bearable Lightness of Jurisprudential Irony
 1Jurisprudential Irony as Inescapable Trade-Off between Scholastic Ambition and Reality
 2Jurisprudential Irony and the Socratic Method of Teaching Law
 3Jurisprudential Irony – Byproduct of Legal Hegemony
 4Encoded Jurisprudential Irony
 5United States Supreme Court Justices as Embodied Irony: The Late Justice Scalia and Justice Gorsuch
9Ironical Ideology, Difference of Meaning and Philosophical Camaraderie
 1Plato’s Concepts of Just and Justice
 2Aristotle’s Dialectical Universals
 3Thomas Hobbes’ and John Locke’s Ideological Differences and Different Epistemological Conclusions
 4The Intersection between the Abstract and Concrete Facets of the Law According to Montesquieu, Kant and Rousseau
 5Jeremy Bentham’s Common Sense and Grotius’ Technocratic Approach to Law
 6American Jurisprudence and Marx: Strange Bedfellows … Not
10Irony, Jurisprudential Meaning-Making and Ideological Camaraderie
 1Classical Liberalism
 2Law as Science or the Rejection of Ideology
 3Formalism and Realism: Two Sides of the Same Coin
 4The Limits of Rawls and Dworkin: Justice and Historical Contingency
 5Critical Legal Studies and Marx
 6Feminism and Queer Theory
 7Intersectionality – Bridging the Gap between Theory and Reality
Summary and Conclusion
All interested in a critical view of scholarship, including American jurisprudence.