In this excellent study of Karl Marx's thought, Cyril Smith takes a long and winding route that starts with classical world thought. When he arrives at the door to Marx's pantheon we see that, with the significant yet largely overlooked example of Spinoza, most thinkers-and especially Western ones-are opposed to essential aspects of democracy. In Marx and the Future of the Human Cyril Smith explains that Karl Marx, more than any other thinker, is misrepresented by what has come to be understood as 'Marxism.' Marxism has developed into, among other things, a method for analyzing capitalism, a way of looking at history, and a way to theorize the role of the working class in a future society. Marx, however, speaks about a conception of human life that was absent during his lifetime and remains absent today. Marx sought 'the alteration of humans on a mass scale:' economics, politics, daily lived-life, and spiritual life. In discussing Marx and spirituality, Cyril Smith relates Marx to the thought of William Blake. Someone coming to Marx for the first time as well as the seasoned scholar can read this book.
Marx and the Future of the Human is a book rife with thoughtful and creative connections written by someone who has spent most of his life close to the spirit of Karl Marx's thought.
Cyril Smith is formerly Lecturer of Statists at the London School of Economics. He is the author of Marx at the Milennium.
Chapter 1 'The Prospects for Socialism' Chapter 2 Marx Versus Historical Materialism Chapter 3 The Communist Manifesto after 150 Years Chapter 4 Marx's Critical Science Chapter 5 Democracy and Property in Athens Chapter 6 Towards the Modern State Chapter 7 Hegel's Contradictory Summary of the Tradition Chapter 8 Karl Marx's Critique of Politics Chapter 9 Marx, Communism and Revolution Chapter 10 Marx and Human Self-Creation Chapter 11 Marx and the Fourfold Vision of William Blake Chapter 12 Hegel Chapter 13 Marx Chapter 14 An Inconclusive Conclusion