Born April 14, 1976, MA in Political Science, University of Napoli - L'Orientale, PhD in Philosophy and Politics, University of Napoli - L'Orientale, and PhD in Philosophy, University of Nice - Sophia Antipolis, teaches Political Theory at the Department of Political Science of York University (Toronto).
Ripensare Marx e i marxismi: Studi e saggi, Rome: Carocci, 2011 (373 pages).
Con la dissoluzione dell'Unione Sovietica, Marx venne considerato un pensatore da destinare all'oblio e sul quale si era già detto e scritto tutto. La crisi economica internazionale del 2008 ha riportato, invece, nuovamente alla ribalta la sua analisi del capitalismo e le recenti acquisizioni filologiche della Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe (MEGA²), la nuova edizione storico-critica delle sue opere, hanno offerto agli studiosi nuovi testi che dimostrano la distanza tra la teoria critica di Marx e il dogmatismo dei marxismi dominanti nel Novecento.
Il volume, in un periodo in cui si ritorna a interrogare l'autore frettolosamente messo da parte dopo il 1989, ricostruisce, con rigore testuale e storiografico, tappe ancora poco note, o misconosciute, della biografia intellettuale di Marx, quali la formazione culturale giovanile, la redazione dei manoscritti parigini del 1844, gli studi di economia politica degli anni Cinquanta, la stesura delle prime bozze preparatorie di Il Capitale e la genesi di Il signor Vogt; nonché la storia della diffusione e della recezione di alcuni dei suoi scritti principali, in particolare i Manoscritti economico-filosofici del 1844, il Manifesto del partito comunista e i Grundrisse.
Dalla disamina critica e innovativa, realizzata in queste pagine, dei dibattiti su filosofia post-hegeliana, concezione materialistica della storia, metodo di ricerca, lavoro e alienazione, emerge un "altro Marx", un pensatore molto diverso da quello raffigurato, per lungo tempo, da tanti suoi critici e presunti seguaci.
Since the onset of global crisis in recent years, academics and economic theorists from various political and cultural backgrounds have been drawn to Marx's analysis of the inherent instability of capitalism. The rediscovery of Marx is based on his continuing capacity to explain the present. In the context of what some commentators have described as a "Marx renaissance", the aim of this book is to make a close study of Marx's principal writings in relation to the major problems of our own society, and to show why and how some of his theories constitute a precious tool for the understanding and critique of the world in the early twenty-first century.
The book brings together varied reflections on the Marxian oeuvre, drawing on different perspectives and fields, and argues its case in two different parts. The first will encompass such diverse areas and themes as political thought, economics, nationalism, ethnicity, post-capitalist society, freedom, democracy, emancipation, and alienation, showing in each case how Marx has still today an invaluable contribution to make. The second presents a complete and rigorous account of the dissemination and the reception of Marx’s work throughout the world in the last decade. Both parts make a significant contribution to the current research on Marx and Marxisms.
"In Marcello Musto, the Marx revival has found an 'Impressario' with a range of interests and contacts, a tolerance for differences, and an exquisite taste for only the finest and most provocative of Marxist scholarship. With this volume of exceptionally astute essays (the second for Routledge after Karl Marx’s Grundrisse: Foundations of the critique of political economy 150 years later, and a third is on its way), Musto has set the gold standard for Marxological studies in the modern era. No one who wants to understand why Marx was chosen as the greatest thinker of the last millenium in a BBC poll of its listeners can afford to miss any of Musto's volumes, including his own remarkably lucid and insightful contributions to each of them. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
Bertell Ollman, New York University
"With the relentless globalization of capital in recent decades, a global capitalist economic crisis, and uprisings in Greece, Italy, Spain, the Occupy Movements, and the Arab Uprisings of 2011, Marx has perhaps never been as relevant for the contemporary moment as now. Marcello Musto has orchestrated a series of projects that have ignited the Marx revival and contributed his own scholarship and ideas for making Marx alive for us today. His edited book Marx for Today is an extremely important contribution to the ungoing "Marx renaissance", and shows how Marx’s work contributes to understanding and engaging key problems of today’s society, and thus how Marx contributes to projects of understanding, critique and transformation of the world in the early twenty-first century."
Douglas Kellner, University of California
"The ruling doxa wants us to believe that Marx belongs to yesterday. The truth of the matter is that his analysis, his theories and his indignation are relevant today, as much, and perhaps more so, than in his own times. This brilliant collection of essays edited by Marcello Musto shows us why."
Michael Löwy, French National Center of Scientific Research
Marcello Musto (born April 14, 1976), MA in Political Science, University of Napoli - L'Orientale, PhD in Philosophy and Politics, University of Napoli - L'Orientale, and PhD in Philosophy, University of Nice - Sophia Antipolis, teaches Political Theory at the Department of Political Science of York University (Toronto).
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Despite the predictions that consigned it to eternal oblivion, Marx’s work has returned to the historical stage in recent years and a number of his texts have reappeared on bookshop shelves in many parts of the world.
Un ragazzo avanza solitario sul bordo della carreggiata che collega l'aeroporto al centro abitato. Indossa il tipico giubbotto sportivo americano sul cui retro appaiono, in genere, vistosamente impressi, il nome di una squadra di basket o la bandiera a stelle e strisce. Il suo reca, invece, una sola parola, di cinque lettere: Black.