Marx and the Ancients is the first book-length treatment to detail the relationship between classical Greek philosophy and Karl Marx's critique of political economy. From his dissertation on the physics and astronomy of Epicurus and Democritus to his later economic writings, Marx's view of the classical polis left its mark. George McCarthy argues that this forgotten element in Marx's thought helps clarify his positions on ethics and social justice.
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George McCarthy is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at Kenyon College in Ohio.Review:
This book is clearly written and well organized; even those without a background in philosophy and political economy will be able to follow McCarthy's complex arguments without difficulties. (Contemporary Sociology)
This is an important book. McCarthy uncovers the Greek roots of Marx's thought, especially in Aristotle and Epicurus, with greater depth, subtlety, and thoroughness than anyone else I have read... (Philip J. Kain)
This useful and, at times, illuminating study is more than a work of cultural piety or dispassionate investigation into intellectual affiliation or 'influence'. (Science & Society)
McCarthy provides a profound analysis....An important work for every academic library whose users include those interested in the background of Marxian thought, whether faculty, graduate students, or upper-division undergraduates. (Choice)
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