Revisiting Marx’s Critique of Liberalism

Rethinking Justice, Legality and Rights

  • Igor Shoikhedbrod

Part of the Marx, Engels, and Marxisms book series (MAENMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Igor Shoikhedbrod
    Pages 1-18
  3. Rethinking Justice, Legality, and Rights

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Igor Shoikhedbrod
      Pages 21-53
    3. Igor Shoikhedbrod
      Pages 97-134
  4. The Contemporary Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Igor Shoikhedbrod
      Pages 207-215
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 217-239

About this book


Revisiting Marx’s Critique of Liberalism offers a theoretical reconstruction of Karl Marx’s new materialist understanding of justice, legality, and rights through the vantage point of his widely invoked but generally misunderstood critique of liberalism. The book begins by reconstructing Marx’s conception of justice and rights through close textual interpretation and extrapolation. The central thesis of the book is, firstly, that Marx regards justice as an essential feature of any society, including the emancipated society of the future; and secondly, that standards of justice and right undergo transformation throughout history. The book then tracks the enduring legacy of Marx’s critique of liberal justice by examining how leading contemporary political theorists such as John Rawls, Jürgen Habermas, Axel Honneth, and Nancy Fraser have responded to Marx’s critique of liberalism in the face of global financial capitalism and the hollowing out of democratically-enacted law. The Marx that emerges from this book is therefore a thoroughly modern thinker whose insights shed valuable light on some of the most pressing challenges confronting liberal democracies today.


Marx Marxism Axel Honneth Jürgen Habermas John Rawls Nancy Fraser materialism justice legality liberal capitalism communism emancipation social theory liberalism post-capitalist private property class domination revolution juridical relations European history

Authors and affiliations

  • Igor Shoikhedbrod
    • 1
  1. 1.Ethics, Society & LawTrinity College, University of TorontoTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-30194-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-30195-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-7123
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-7131
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