Analyzing Marx: Morality, Power and History

April 28, 2021
Analyzing Marx: Morality, Power and History

In this book Marx is revealed as a powerful contributor to thedebates that now dominate philosophy and political theory. Usingthe techniques of analytic philosophy to unite Marx's generalstatements with his practice as historian and activist, Richard W.Miller derives important arguments about the rational basis ofmorality, the nature of power, and the logic of testing andexplanation. The book also makes Marx's theory of change useful forcurrent social science, by replacing economic determinist readingswith a new interpretation in which systems of power relations arethe basis of change.Part One discusses Marx's criticisms of themoral point of view as a basis for social choice. The outlook thatemerges is humane but antimoral. Part Two arguesthat Marx' concepts of the ruling class is a means of measuringpolitical power that is ignored yet urgently needed by present-daysocial science. Part Three bases Marx's theory ofhistory on the dynamics of power, challenging both the standard,economic determinist readings of the theory and standardconceptions of science.