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Following Marx
Method, Critique and Crisis
Marx insisted that 'in competition everything is reversed'--this title shows how Marx's method explains why.
What does it mean to follow Marx? In this examination of Marx’s methodology combined with specific applications on topics in political economy such as neo-Ricardian theory, analytical Marxism, the falling rate of profit, crisis-theory, monopoly-capital, advertising, and the capitalist state, this volume argues that the failure to understand (or the explicit rejection of) Marx’s method has led astray many who consider themselves Marxists.

About the Author Michael A. Lebowitz is professor emeritus of Economics at Simon Fraser University. His book, Beyond ‘Capital': Marx's Political Economy of the Working Class was awarded the Deutscher Memorial Prize in 2004. His Build it Now: Socialism for the Twenty-first Century has been republished in several languages.
Reviews
  • "Lebowitz’ book offers a stunning rehabilitation of Hegelian Marxism. It is a credit to Lebowitz that he is able to write about such profound themes in the lucid and engaged way of an educator. An excellent and important work."
    —Tony McKenna, Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

    "Michael Lebowitz has proven himself time and again to be one of the most inventive of contemporary Marxist writers. This collection, Following Marx, shows him at his full power as theorist, analyst, and polemicist. Marxian political economy is all the better for it today. Orthodox in his approach, but always interesting and unexpected in his conclusions."
    —Gregory Albo, York University Department of Political Science

    Praise for Beyond Capital: Marx’s Political Economy of the Working Class
    Winner of the 2004 Deutscher Prize

    “An outstanding contribution to Marxist theory. It is innovative, clear-sighted and thought-provoking. Lebowitz is one of the most original thinkers of our age.”
    —Alfredo Saad Filho

    “A distinctive voice in socialist theory.”
    —Colin Barker

    “An exciting and major contribution to the renewal of Marxism, and the revival of socialist politics.”
    —Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin

    “A major contribution to Marxian thought.”
    —Tony Smith

  • "Lebowitz’ book offers a stunning rehabilitation of Hegelian Marxism. It is a credit to Lebowitz that he is able to write about such profound themes in the lucid and engaged way of an educator. An excellent and important work."
    —Tony McKenna, Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

    "Michael Lebowitz has proven himself time and again to be one of the most inventive of contemporary Marxist writers. This collection, Following Marx, shows him at his full power as theorist, analyst, and polemicist. Marxian political economy is all the better for it today. Orthodox in his approach, but always interesting and unexpected in his conclusions."
    —Gregory Albo, York University Department of Political Science

    Praise for Beyond Capital: Marx’s Political Economy of the Working Class
    Winner of the 2004 Deutscher Prize

    “An outstanding contribution to Marxist theory. It is innovative, clear-sighted and thought-provoking. Lebowitz is one of the most original thinkers of our age.”
    —Alfredo Saad Filho

    “A distinctive voice in socialist theory.”
    —Colin Barker

    “An exciting and major contribution to the renewal of Marxism, and the revival of socialist politics.”
    —Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin

    “A major contribution to Marxian thought.”
    —Tony Smith