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Title: Unredeemed Marxism: political commitment in Bourdieu and MacIntyre
Authors: Law, Alex
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social and Health Sciences
Keywords: Bourdieu
Issue Date: Dec-2009
Publisher: Routledge
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: This is the author's final version of this article. Published version (c)2009 Critique is available from http://www.informaworld.com at DOI: 10.1080/03017600903205815
Citation: Law, A. 2009. Unredeemed Marxism: political commitment in Bourdieu and MacIntyre. Critique. 37(4): pp.665 - 681. Available from DOI: 10.1080/03017600903205815
Abstract: In different ways, Alasdair MacIntyre and Pierre Bourdieu owe an intellectual and political debt to Marxism. They belong to the same generation of critical scholars formed by an engagement with Marxism in the course of Cold War working class militancy, anti-imperialism and anti-Stalinism. These recent collections of their most politically committed writings represent important contributions to reflexive praxis today. MacIntyre's 'revolutionary Aristotelianism' is shown to be rooted in his Marxist analyses and practices of the 1950s and 1960s, while Bourdieu's critique of neoliberalism was informed by a decades-long engagement with Marxism in opposition to the pseudo-science of Stalinist apologetics. Political engagement is imposed on the intellectual, conceived after Pascal as a 'thinking reed', by capitalism's vast accumulation and destruction of social potentiality. Between them an effort is made to round out and deepen the classical Marxist inheritance.
Description: Conditions for Taylor & Francis
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/452
ISSN: 1748-8605
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