Saturday, September 27, 2014
Enzo Rossi asked me about Analytical Marxism, and I replied. Now, one of the oddities of old age, I find, is that although I seem to be able to recall in excruciating detail experiences I had sixty years ago and more -- hence my endless story-telling -- I seem not to be able to recall what I have written and published with anything like the same precision. Having arisen at a bit after midnight, as I do most nights for an hour or more, I thought to re-read an essay I wrote about Jan Elster's book on Marx twenty-five years ago or so. It is, I say without a shred of false modesty, a brilliant critique of Analytical Marxism. If anyone is still interested in the subject, I strongly recommend it. It can be found archived at box.net by following the link at the top of this page. Inasmuch as I wrote it but did not remember its contents, it is an interesting question whether I can be said to have known what the article said before I re-read it.