The Marxism of Manuel Sacristán

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Published Nov 2016
ISBN: 9789004223554

From Communism to the New Social Movements

Manuel Sacristán. Translated and edited by Renzo Llorente

The Marxism of Manuel Sacristán: From Communism to the New Social Movements offers a substantial selection of some the most significant writings on Marx, Marxism, and radical social theory by Manuel Sacristán, Spain’s most important Marxist philosopher. Whether discussing Marx’s intellectual development and philosophical views, exploring central issues in Marxist theory or analysing the challenge to contemporary Marxism from feminism, pacifism and environmentalism, Sacristán emerges in these pages as both a major Marx scholar and a formidable social theorist in his own right.
The Marxism of Manuel Sacristán makes available in English for the first time many of the key texts by a brilliant, yet neglected, Marxist thinker.

Biographical note

Renzo Llorente, Ph.D. (1998), State University of New York at Stony Brook, teaches philosophy at Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus. He is the author of Beyond the Pale: Exercises in Provocation (Vagabond Voices, 2010) and numerous articles on ethics and political philosophy.


All interested in Marx and Marxism, Marxist philosophy and the New Social Movements, and anyone concerned with the development of left-wing social theory in Spain.


“The Marxism of Manuel Sacristán,una magnífica edición de Renzo Llorente. Una Introducción documentada e impecable (pp. 1-22); unas notas informadas y rigurosas, y una traducción excelente (y sin duda nada fácil) son algunos de los atributos que acompañan al excelente y casi insuperable trabajo de este profesor de Filosofía, vivamente interesado por la tradición y filosofía marxistas. El ensayo también incorpora unas cuidadas referencias bibliográficas. [un] magnífico e imprescindible trabajo […]”
Salvador López Arnal, Rebelión, 15-10-2014

Table of contents

Acknowledgements … vii
Introduction … 1
A Note on This Edition … 23

On Marx and Engels

1 Marx’s Scientific Work and His Notion of Science … 29
2 Karl Marx as a Sociologist of Science … 67
3 Engels’s Task in Anti-Dühring … 121
4 Marx on Spain … 141
5 What is Dialectic? … 154
6 One Hundred Years On: To What ‘Literary Genre’ Does Marx’s Capital Belong? … 163
7 On the Centenary of Karl Marx’s Death … 167
8 Which Marx Will Be Read in the Twenty-First Century? … 170

On Political Ecology, Communist Politics, and the New Social Movements

9 Political Ecological Considerations in Marx … 179
10 Paper for the Conference on Politics and Ecology … 189
11 The Political and Ecological Situation in Spain and the Way to Approach This Situation Critically from a Position on the Left … 196
12 Three Notes on the Clash of Cultures and Genocide … 201
13 On the Subject of ‘Eurocommunism’ … 212
14 On Stalinism … 220
15 Marxist Parties and the Peace Movement … 230
16 The Marxist Tradition and New Problems … 234


17 ‘Gramsci is a classic, he is not a fad’: Interview with the Diario de Barcelona … 255
18 Manuel Sacristán Speaks with Dialéctica … 259
19 Interview with Naturaleza … 278
20 Interview with Mundo Obrero … 285

Further Reading … 293
References … 295
Index .. 308