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Marx's Dream


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Tom Rockmore is the Distinguished Humanities Chair Professor and professor of philosophy in the Institute of Foreign Philosophy at Peking University and the author of numerous books, including Art and Truth after Plato.


"Marx's Dream is a pleasure to read. It's rather like an extremely well-informed monologue that stopped being a conversation when the other participants became aware that Rockmore had a very fine command of his subject and its surrounding literature, drawn from everywhere--Marx's sustained preoccupation with a largely moral question: the conditions of "human flourishing" in an industrial society--which, for its part, seems like an imaginary conversation chiefly engaging Hegel and Rousseau and the partisans of Marxism, who misunderstand Marx's actual views, and a stadium of others--draws us to consider how we might ourselves answer, under circumstances ranging over many worlds, including Soviet Russia and contemporary China. Rockmore traces Marx's answer in terms of the intended transition from capitalism to communism. Most instructive."--Joseph Margolis, Temple University
"Rockmore sees Marx as a philosopher in the Socratic mode, a political gadfly and social critic. Marx's Dream locates us in the grand tradition of philosophical concern for human flourishing that never reconciles theory with practice. While focusing on Marx's thought, independent of Engels and Marxism, Rockmore takes the reader from Hegel to Habermas, linking timeless questions with timely observations."--Terrell Carver, University of Bristol, UK
"Marx's Dream is a good guidebook on how to take Marx seriously without radicalizing his thoughts in either a hostile or a fetishistic manner. On the other hand, it is worrisome for a reader who expects a perfect philosophical (or political system) from Marx."--Atahan Erbas "Marx & Philosophy Society"
"Another book added to Tom Rockmore's impressive scholarship on 18th- and 19th-century German theory. In Marx's Dream, he attempts to set the record straight on how best to interpret Marx, that is, through Marx's own voice or through Engels and the Marxist traditions. Rockmore's Marx is a profound philosopher in the spirit of Socrates, a man whose failures lie in his accounts of how to remedy the ills of industrialization rather than in his diagnosis of them. . . . Marx's Dream is a must read for those studying Marx and Marxism or 19th-century German theory, and it will be of great interest to those working more broadly in economics, German history, philosophy, political theory, and sociology."-- "CHOICE, Essential"

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