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Beyond Liberal Egalitarianism


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Table of Contents

List of Figures

1 Liberal Egalitarianism
Autonomous Agency
Access to Resources
The Development of Essential Capabilities
Democratic Will-Formation

2 Towards a Liberal Egalitarian Normative Theory of Institutions
The Household
Market Production and Distribution
The State
Civil Society: The Public Sphere and Voluntary Associations
The Regime of Global Governance

3 Misunderstandings, False Starts, Further Questions
Some Marxian Objections to Liberal Egalitarianism
Liberal Egalitarian Criticisms of Marx

4 The Beginning Level of Marxian Theory
The Beginning Level of Theoretical Abstraction (1): The Commodity, Value, Abstract Labour
The Beginning Level of Theoretical Abstraction (2): Money
Normative Considerations

5 Marx's Concept of Capital
Marx's Concept of Capital (1): Capital as a `Dominant Subject'
Ontological and Normative Implications of the General Formula of Capital
Normative Implications
Marx's Concept of Capital (2): Capital as a `Pseudo-Subject'

6 Human Flourishing and the Structural Tendencies of Capitalism
The Capital/Wage Labour Relationship
Overaccumulation Crises
Financial Crises
Environmental Crises
Severe Global Inequality and Poverty

7 A Liberal Egalitarian Response to the Marxian Challenge
The Critique of Economism
A Reform Agenda

8 Towards A Marxian Theory of `The Political'
Five Theses on the Capitalist State
A Critical Examination of Liberal Egalitarian Proposals

9 Competing Perspectives on Neoliberalism
A Liberal Egalitarian Narrative
Beyond Liberal Egalitarianism: A Marxian Critique of Neoliberalism

10 Two Modified Versions of Liberal Egalitarianism
`Neo-Schumpeterian' Liberal Egalitarianism
The Normative Promise of `Commons-Based Peer Production'

11 Modified Liberal Egalitarianism and the Present Moment in World History
Prospects for a New `Golden Age'
The Prospects of Commons-Based Peer Production

12 Property-Owning Democracy: A Liberal Egalitarianism Beyond Capitalism?
Property-Owning Democracy (1)
Property-Owning Democracy (2)
Property-Owning Democracy (3)

13 Beyond Liberal Egalitarianism
The Argument Thus Far
Beyond Liberal Egalitarianism


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  • Features in Historical Materialism
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  • Published to coincide with the annual Historical Materialism conference
  • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with the author's speaking engagements
  • About the Author

    Tony Smith, Ph.D. State University of New York at Stony Brook (1980), is Professor of Philosophy at Iowa State University. Professor Smith's books include The Logic of Marx's Capital (SUNY, 1990), Technology and Capital (SUNY, 2000) and Globalisation (Brill, 2005).

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