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Norman Geras’s Political Thought from Marxism to Human Rights Controversy and Analysis
Cowling, Mark. author.
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X, 211 p. online resource.
Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. The Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg -- Chapter 3. Geras and Trotskyism -- Chapter 4. Marx and Human Nature -- Chapter 5. Geras and Althusser -- Chapter 6. Marx and justice -- Chapter 7. Marxism, Socialism and Morality -- Chapter 8. Geras and postmodernism -- Chapter 9. Geras and postmodernism -- Chapter 10. The Enlightenment and Modernity -- Chapter 11. The Contract of Mutual Indifference -- Chapter 12. Crimes against Humanity -- Chapter 13. Conclusion.
This book provides a critical account of the main controversies involving Norman Geras, one of the key modern political thinkers. It moves from his youthful Trotskyism on to his book on Rosa Luxemburg, then his classic account of Marx and human nature, and his highly regarded discussion of Marx and justice. Following this, Geras tried to elaborate a Marxist theory of justice, which involved taking on-board aspects of liberalism. Next he attacked the post modernism of Laclau and Mouffe and criticised Rorty’s pragmatism, and then elaborated a contract of mutual indifference from a detailed study of the Holocaust. Lastly he wrote a book on human rights and humanitarian intervention, defending the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Cowling varies from exposition and admiration, to ideas about how Geras’s work should be interpreted, to criticism of his Trotskyism and of his support for the invasion of Iraq. The book will appeal to readers interested in Norman Geras and Marxism in particular, and social and political theory in general.
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