Analytical Marxism

Analytical Marxism tries to make Marx’s thought clear with a methodology which is potentially destructive to the practical-active meaning of that belief.  Marx openly linked his thoughts on historic method with the Illumination tradition, including both metaphysical rationalism and the covetousness of the 18th-century writer.  By doing so, he repressed the major part of labor and put more emphasis on the part of realization functioning contrary to a contextual of material restriction.

Analytical Marxism is true to positivity.  Its aim is to transfer positivism into the field of philosophy in the second half of the 20th century which is language. Analytical Marxism results in a theory of history that is indirectly destabilized by the consistency of a sense it opens up in contradiction of itself.

The theory of history derive its meaning from the intentions of the human agents represented in it. A theory is constructed when people want to search for a logical clearness. This search leads to descriptions of people shrewdness is the most striking feature. This way analytical Marxism represents an effort to support Marxism with an enlightenment -type origin of human liberation. Elsterian social science poses a threat to any attempt to understand individuals in terms of their development.

The concept of history and Analytical Marxist social science are incompatible, and this illogicality within AM is a straight consequence of the more simple distaste between AM’s abnormally rational positivism and the ethical purpose that must encourage any effort of Marxist reconstruction. Marxist reconstruction is to continue with a detailed analysis of the Marxist past because it is because of it we are who we are today. The influence Marxism in the future will be as a result of its own past.


Can Marxism ever be reconstructed and which is the best way to reconstruct it?






Graeme Kirkpatrick (1994) “Philosophical Foundations of Analytical Marxism” Science & Society, Vol. 58, No. 1 pp. 34-52 Guilford Press


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