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Originally published in 1974, Kojin Karatani’s Marx: Towards the Centre of Possibility has been among his most enduring and pioneering works in critical theory. Written at a time when the political sequences of the New Left had collapsed into crisis and violence, with widespread political exhaustion for the competing sectarian visions of Marxism from 1968, Karatani’s Marx laid the groundwork for a new reading, unfamiliar to the existing Marxist discourse in Japan at the time.

You'll find everything from the first comprehensive collection of Marx's political writings, Adorno’s classic text on fascism, a new edition of David Harvey's Companion to Marx’s Capital, and Mario Tronti's first English translation of Workers and Capital.

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Classic study of Marx by Japan’s leading critical theorist.

The great French Marxist philosopher weighs up the contributions of the three major critics of modernity.

The classic text of Italian workerism finally available in English.

Marx has returned, but which Marx? Recent biographies have proclaimed him to be an emphatically nineteenth-century figure, but in this book, Mike Davis’s first directly about Marx and Marxism, a thinker comes to light who speaks to the present as much as the past.

All of Marx’s essential political writing in one volume.

A classic of twentieth-century thought, Minima Moralia is Adorno's literary and philosophical masterpiece.

Charts the history of women’s liberation and calls for a revitalized feminism.

The classic analysis of how particular political and cultural ideas come to dominate society.

A tour de force of the materialist semiotics of the early Baudrillard.

A powerful new understanding of citizenship, democracy and pluralism.

For nearly forty years, David Harvey has written and lectured on Capital, becoming one of the world’s foremost Marx scholars. Based on his recent lectures, this current volume—finally bringing together his guides to volumes I, II and much of III—presents this depth of learning to a broader audience, guiding first-time readers through a fascinating and deeply rewarding text. 

How did the dynamic economic system we know as capitalism develop among the peasants and lords of feudal Europe?

What is wrong with capitalism, and how can we change it?

Lefebvre's classic analysis of daily life under capitalism in one complete volume.

An attack on the idea that nature and society are impossible to distinguish from each other.

Hugely influential study of the psychology of authoritarianism.

Re-launch of the Collected Works of the legendary revolutionary in paperback.

This second volume contains Lenin’s works from 1895 to 1897.

Founder of whiteness studies surveys the race/class relationship.

A concise account of how revolutions made modern China and helped shape the modern world.

A rich and accessible introduction to Marx’s fundamental concepts from a key intellectual—now updated.

In State, Power, Socialism, the leading theorist of the state and European communism advances a vigorous critique of contemporary Marxist theories of the state.

A classic study of modern philosophy's founder, translated into English for the first time.

The definitive biography of Karl Marx.

Author of the acclaimed Liberalism: A Counter-History dissects the revisionist attempts to expunge or criminalize revolutions.

A masterful survey of the history of Marxist philosophy of science.

Yvonne Kapp’s monumental biography of the daughter of Karl Marx who became a radical activist.

A material analysis of the sign which deepens Marx’s critique of political economy for spectacular times.

A classic work of Marxist analysis, available unabridged for the first time in this beautiful design.

A remarkable history of the formation of Marxist thought.

Women’s Oppression Today is a classic text in the debate about Marxism and feminism, exploring how gender, sexuality and the “family-household system” operate in relation to contemporary capitalism.

Representing Capital, Fredric Jameson's first book-length engagement with Marx's magnum opus, is a unique work of scholarship that records the progression of Marx's thought as if it were a musical score. 

A new beautiful edition of the Communist Manifesto, combined with Lenin’s key revolutionary tract.

A classic text by Rancière on the intellectual thought of French workers in the 19th century.

Re-published to coincide with Marx's bicentenary, these books are essential reading on Marx. Includes: On Karl Marx by Ernst Bloch, Really Existing Nationalisms: A Post-Communist View from Marx and Engels by Erica Brenner, From Marxism to Post-Marxism? by Göran Therborn, and The Theory of Need in Marx by Agnes Heller. Click on the links above to add to your cart.

A milestone in the development of post-war Marxist thought.

A comprehensive analysis of the philosophy of the dialectic.

Late Capitalism is the first major synthesis to have been produced by the contemporary revival of Marxist economics.

What would a viable free and democratic society look like? 

First published in 1967, Guy Debord’s stinging revolutionary critique ofcontemporary society, The Society of the Spectacle has since acquired a cult status.

Benjamin's most sustained and original work, and one of the main sources of literary modernism.

Key Situationist texts on the city, strikingly illustrated.

The origins of "Western Marxism".

This synoptic essay considers the nature and evolution of the Marxist theory that developed in Western Europe, after the defeat of the proletarian rebellions in the West and the isolation of the Russian Revolution in the East in the early 1920s.

A lively and lucid introduction to the work of Theodor Adorno.

The best guide available to this complex concept, newly updated.

Groundbreaking examination of the birth, development and impact of Feminist consciousness.

Sensitive but uncompromising socialist-feminist critique of the nuclear family.

“His argument ... takes on an exceptional fluency and subtlety, touching many of the key points of socialist morality, socialist history and the socialist future. Its core is a very elegant restatement of the undogmatic essence of Marx.” – New Statesman

An intense and lively debate on literature and art between thinkers who became some of the great figures of twentieth-century philosophy and literature.

In Marxism and Philosophy Korsch argues for a reexamination of the relationship between Marxist theory and bourgeois philosophy, and insists on the centrality of the Hegelian dialectic and a commitment to revolutionary praxis. 

Analysis of the role of ideology in political movements.

In the triumphant resurgence of capitalism, the one thinker who is vindicated is Karl Marx.

A collection of incisive critiques of contemporary Marxism, of post-colonial development and of the Eurocentric assessment of imperialism.

A clear and compact guide to Marx’s road to Das Kapital. Ernest Mandel traces the development of Marx’s economic ideas from the Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts to the completion of the Grundrisse

The republication of Suzanne de Brunhoff’s classic investigation into Karl Marx’s conception of “the money commodity” shines light on commodities and their fetishism.

Michel Aglietta’s path-breaking book is the first attempt at a rigorous historical theory of the whole development of US capitalism, from the Civil War to the Carter presidency.

These incisive and erudite texts provide a crucial introduction to Marxist political economy, as well as advancing critical arguments for those already well versed in the field.

Mapping out a future for Marxist theory.

Perceptive and thoughtful essays on the future of socialism and Marxism.

The Melancholy Science is Gillian Rose’s investigation into Theodor Adorno’s work and legacy. Rose uncovers the unity discernable among the many fragments of Adorno’s oeuvre, and argues that his influence has been to turn Marxism into a search for style. 

These first two volumes in Rosa Luxemburg’s Complete Works, entitled Economic Writings 1 and Economic Writings 2 contains some of Luxemburg’s most important statements on the globalization of capital, wage labor, imperialism, and pre-capitalist economic formations.

Enlightenment advances towards a science of politics, and Marx's relationship to Hegel.