Beyond Liberal Egalitarianism: Marx and Normative Social Theory in the Twenty-First Century
A Paperback edition by Tony Smith in English (Nov 15, 2018)
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Short Description: Progressive theorists and activists insist that contemporary capitalism is deeply flawed from a normative point of view. However, most accept the liberal egalitarian thesis that... Read more
Progressive theorists and activists insist that contemporary capitalism is deeply flawed from a normative point of view. However, most accept the liberal egalitarian thesis that the serious shortcomings of market societies (financial excess, inequality, and so on) could be overcome with proper political regulation. Building on Marx's legacy, Tony Smith argues in Beyond Liberal Egalitarianism that advocates of this thesis (Rawls, Habermas, Stiglitz, et al.) lack an adequate concept of capital and the state. These theorists also fail to comprehend new developments in world history ensuring that the 'destructive' aspects of capitalism increasingly outweigh whatever 'creative' elements it might continue to possess. Smith concludes that a normative social theory adequate to the twenty-first century must explicitly and unequivocally embrace socialism.
Beyond Liberal Egalitarianism Paperback edition by Tony Smith
- Tony Smith
- Historical Materialism
- Haymarket Books
- Publication date
- Nov 15, 2018
- Product dimensions
- 181 x 229 x 20mm
List of Figures
1 Liberal Egalitarianism
Access to Resources
The Development of Essential Capabilities
2 Towards a Liberal Egalitarian Normative Theory of Institutions
Market Production and Distribution
Civil Society: The Public Sphere and Voluntary Associations
The Regime of Global Governance
3 Misunderstandings, False Starts, Further Questions
Some Marxian Objections to Liberal Egalitarianism
Liberal Egalitarian Criticisms of Marx
4 The Beginning Level of Marxian Theory
The Beginning Level of Theoretical Abstraction (1): The Commodity, Value, Abstract Labour
The Beginning Level of Theoretical Abstraction (2): Money
5 Marx's Concept of Capital
Marx's Concept of Capital (1): Capital as a `Dominant Subject'
Ontological and Normative Implications of the General Formula of Capital
Marx's Concept of Capital (2): Capital as a `Pseudo-Subject'
6 Human Flourishing and the Structural Tendencies of Capitalism
The Capital/Wage Labour Relationship
Severe Global Inequality and Poverty
7 A Liberal Egalitarian Response to the Marxian Challenge
The Critique of Economism
A Reform Agenda
8 Towards A Marxian Theory of `The Political'
Five Theses on the Capitalist State
A Critical Examination of Liberal Egalitarian Proposals
9 Competing Perspectives on Neoliberalism
A Liberal Egalitarian Narrative
Beyond Liberal Egalitarianism: A Marxian Critique of Neoliberalism
10 Two Modified Versions of Liberal Egalitarianism
`Neo-Schumpeterian' Liberal Egalitarianism
The Normative Promise of `Commons-Based Peer Production'
11 Modified Liberal Egalitarianism and the Present Moment in World History
Prospects for a New `Golden Age'
The Prospects of Commons-Based Peer Production
12 Property-Owning Democracy: A Liberal Egalitarianism Beyond Capitalism?
Property-Owning Democracy (1)
Property-Owning Democracy (2)
Property-Owning Democracy (3)
13 Beyond Liberal Egalitarianism
The Argument Thus Far
Beyond Liberal Egalitarianism