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Encyclopedia > Marxist Theory

Marxist theory is an academic specialization in Western academias. Apart from the theories of Karl Marx it describes the theories of a number of thinkers like Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Louis Althusser, Antonio Gramsci, etc.

Difference between Marxism and marxist theory

Marxism is a political ideology whereas marxist theory is more about the economic/philosophic work of Karl Marx and his successors.

There is overlap of course, but marxist theory is e.g. rather associated with Continental philosophy and Critical theory than Marxism.

On the other hand Dialectic materialism is rather associated with Marxism and in particular Stalinism, than with marxist theory. Dialectics in marxist theory (i.e. materialist dialectics or marxist dialectics) is rather seen as a historical next step after Hegelian dialectic. Historical materialism is also associated with Marxism, rather than marxist theory.

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In Defence of Marxism (1616 words)
In a speech at the summer school of the International Marxist Tendency, Jorge Martin analysed the stage the revolution is at, the dangers it faces and outlined the way forward.
The issues which it covers are the trade unions and the Labour party, and the Marxists' orientation towards the mass organisations.
Also covered is the importance of the youth, emphasing the importance of theory and the training of Marxist cadres for the enormous events that impend in Britain and elsewhere.
Marxism (1746 words)
Marxism is the political practice and or social theory based on the works of Karl Marx, a nineteenth century philosopher, economist, journalist, and revolutionary and Friedrich Engels.
Although there are still many Marxist revolutionary movements and political parties around the world, since the collapse of the Soviet Union and its satellite states, relatively few countries have governments which describe themselves as Marxist.
Marx's theory of business cycles; of economic growth and development, especially in two sector models; and of the declining rate of profit, or crisis theory, are other important elements of Marxist economics.
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