Hegel, Marx, and the Necessity and Freedom Dialectic - Marxist-Humanism and Critical Theory in the United States

by Russell Rockwell
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Russell Rockwell Hegel, Marx, and the Necessity and Freedom Dialectic - Marxist-Humanism and Critical Theory in the United States
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This book provides close readings of primary texts to analyze the linkage between G.W.F. Hegel’s philosophy and Karl Marx’s critical social theory of necessity and freedom. This is important for three reasons: first, to understand the significance of the changing relationships of work, society, and critical social theory in the origins of Hegelian-Marxism in the US, as documented in the recently published correspondence between the Marxist-Humanist theoretician Raya Dunayevskaya and the critical theorist Herbert Marcuse; second, to identify the intersections of the Critical Theorists Jurgen Habermas’ and Marcuse’s influential reinterpretations of Marx’s “value theory” of economy and society that enables navigation of the changing relationships of the social and economic spheres in the last century, as developed in Marx’s Grundrisse; and, thirdly, to assess the potential of Moishe Postone’s renewal of Marx’s value theory, largely conceived by the notion of a necessity and freedom dialectic intrinsic to capitalism.


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XIII, 241 p.
Table of Contents:
1. Necessity and Freedom in the Origins of Hegelian-Marxism in the United States.- 2. Inside the Development of Marxist-Humanism and Critical Theory: The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse Correspondence.- 3. Hegel in Herbert Marcuse's Hegelian-Marxism, Critical Theory and Value Theory.- 4. Marx in Herbert Marcuse's Hegelian Marxism, Critical Theory, and Value Theory.- 5. Changes in Critical Theory Interpretations of Marx's Value Theory.- 6. Historical Configurations of Necessity and Freedom: The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse Correspondence, Automated Production, and the Question of Post-Capitalist Society.- 7. Moishe Postone's Deepened Interpretation of Marx's Value Theory: Grundrisse.- 8. Moishe Postone’s deepened interpretation Of Marx’s value theory: Capital.- 8. Conclusion: New Forms of the Necessity and Freedom Dialectic.
“Russell Rockwell's book is a rigorous and pathbreaking examination of Hegel and Marx's philosophies of necessity and freedom as interpreted by the Critical Theory tradition. It offers the most thorough analysis to date of the unjustly neglected Marcuse-Dunayevskaya correspondence, and builds on this foundation to offer insightful appraisals of Marcuse, Habermas, and Moishe Postone's theories of value, labor, automation, and the human in late capitalism. Essential reading for anyone interested in the critique of Marx and Hegel in Frankfurt School Critical Theory.” (Nick Nesbitt, Professor, Comparative Literature, Princeton University, USA)
“Rockwell’s ambitious study will remain essential reading for anyone concerned with the fundamental question of necessity and freedom, and for those generally interested in Marx’s critical social theory, Hegelian dialectics, Critical Theory and Marxist-Humanism.” (Shannon Brincat, Senior Lecturer, Politics and International Relations, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia)

Shows the current and unique social relevance of the relationship of Hegel’s philosophy and Marx’s critical theory.

Includes an assessment of Postone’s original reinterpretations of Marx’s critical theory within a growing body of work that indicates a renewal of interest in the ideas of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory

Helps to shape changes in the workplace, key for attaining the goal of a society free of social domination

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Springer International Publishing
Biography Artist:
Russell Rockwell has taught Sociology at Fordham University, US, and St. John’s University, US, and has published journal articles on Critical Theory and Marxist Humanism. He is also co-editor (with Kevin B. Anderson) of The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse-Fromm Correspondence, 1954-1978: Dialogues on Hegel, Marx, and Critical Theory (2012).

"The book takes a promising standpoint, novel enough, to be read thoroughly by all people interested in familiarizing themselves with such an important theme. Formally, the book is very well laid out." (Kaveh Boveiri, Marx and Philosophy, marxandphilosophy.org.uk, April 13, 2021)

1st ed. 2018
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Hardback book
Release date:
7 May 2018
Package Dimensions:
0.218 x 0.157 x 0.02 m; 0.47 kg
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