Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Analytical marxism

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Analytical Marxism came into the world with the publication in 1978 of G.A. Cohen's Karl Marx's Theory: A Defence. In that work Cohen sought to clarify the claims of historical materialism by an application of the techniques of analytical philosophy. This chapter outlines the enduringly valuable contributions of the first phase of analytical Marxism: Cohen's work on historical materialism and John Roemer's work on class and exploitation. It explains the philosophy of social science associated with analytical Marxism, and examines whether the appellation 'rational-choice Marxism' is correct. Finally, the chapter discusses the most recent phase of analytical Marxism, which concerns the defence of socialist values and the elaboration of institutional alternatives to capitalism. If there is one aspect of analytical Marxism that has provoked hostility and even incredulity among rival Marxists, it is the commitment of many analytical Marxists to methodological individualism and rational actor models of social interaction.

Keywords: analytical Marxism; G.A. Cohen; methodological individualism



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Critical Companion to Contemporary Marxism — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation