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Marx and Singularity: From the Early Writings to the Grundrisse
Luca Basso, University of Padua

Marx and Singularity by Luca Basso attempts to understand the development of Marx’s thought, from the early writings to the Grundrisse, as a search for individual realisation. Drawing upon the concept of singularity in contemporary French theory, and problematising its relation to Marx’s vocabulary, this book challenges organicist interpretations of Marx’s early work. The productivity of the notion of singularity is argued to be based on the fact that it allows us to highlight the element of individual realisation, stressing at the same time its distance from the modern conception of individuality. The “correlate” of singularity is the reciprocity, moving and unstable, between the “individual” and the “collective”, which occurs in class struggles.

Biographical note
Luca Basso, Ph.D. University of Pisa, studied in Padua and in Berlin. He is Researcher of Political Philosophy at the University of Padua. He has published many articles and three monographs: Individuo e comunità nella filosofia politica di Leibniz (Rubbettino, 2005), Socialità e isolamento: la singolarità in Marx (Carocci, 2008) of which the current book is a revised edition, and Agire in comune. Antropologia e politica nell’ultimo Marx (Ombre Corte, 2012).

All interested in Marx’ thought, in history of Marxism and of political movements, and anyone concerned with the contemporary political theory, sociology and anthropology in relation to concepts of the individual, society and community.

Table of Contents


1. The question of individuality
1.1. Individuals, determination and contingency
1.2. Gattungswesen and politics: from the Critique of Hegel’s Doctrine of the State to The Holy Family
1.3. The individual separation between bourgeois and citoyen
1.4. A society without relations
1.5. The need for a change of perspective: The German Ideology

2. Beyond the ‘private – social’ dichotomy
2.1. Social power and randomness in The German Ideology
2.2. The ambivalence of the community
2.3. Singularity and practice: the realisation of ‘individuals as such’.
2.4. Common class-action
2.5. Towards 1848: thinking in the conjuncture

3. Social Nexus and Indifference
3.1. The genesis of individuality and capitalism in the Grundrisse: the breakthrough of the critique of political economy
3.2. Gemeinwesen in precapitalist social formations
3.3. Society as an ensemble not of individuals, but of relations
3.4. The subject between universality and emptiness
3.5. Isolation: a sentence or a potentiality



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Marx’s Temporalities
Massimiliano Tomba, University of Padua

Translated from the Italian by Peter D. Thomas and Sara R. Farris

The book rethinks the central categories of Marx’s work beyond any philosophy of history, providing a critical analysis of his political and theoretical development from his early writings, to the elaboration of the critique of political economy and his final anthropological studies on pre-individualistic and communist forms. The study aims to integrate the paradigm of the spatialisation of time with that of the temporalisation of space, showing how capital places diverse temporalities into hierarchies that incessantly produce and reproduce new forms of class struggle. An adequate historiographical paradigm for globalised capitalism has to consider the plurality of temporal layers that are combined and come into conflict in the violently unifying historical dimension of modernity.

Author: Massimiliano Tomba

Biographical note
Massimiliano Tomba is Professor of Philosophy of Human Rights at the University of Padua. He has published many books, translations and articles, including Crisis and Critique in Bruno Bauer (2002) and La vera politica. Kant e Benjamin (2006)

All interested in Marx’s thought, the concept of historical time in the modern world and the history of political thought and philosophy

Table of contents
Chapter One: The Historical Materialist
Appendix One: Marx as Historical Materialist. Re-reading the Eighteenth Brumaire
Chapter Two: A New Phenotype
Chapter Three: Capital as Phantasmagoria
Appendix Two: A Contribution to the Historiography of Layers of Time


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