Marx, Critique, Religion

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This chapter focuses on the category of critique as this was taken over by Marx from his idealist philosophical predecessors. Adopting a genealogical perspective on critique inspired by Michel Foucault, the chapter argues that Marx attempted to repurpose a disposition and a practice from philosophy as weapons in the class struggle. Although Marx conceives this as a materialist move, Kirkpatrick argues that Marx’s critique retains strong connections with the philosophical tradition in which it was forged and, in particular, that it rests upon a form of subjectivity that was itself formed by the development of Christianity, with its emphasis on faithfulness to a revealed truth, bearing witness and the redemptive value of suffering.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMarxism, Religion, and Emancipatory Politics
EditorsGraeme Kirkpatrick, Peter McMylor, Simin Fadaee
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783030916428
ISBN (Print)9783030916411, 9783030916442
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2022


  • Marx
  • critique
  • Religion


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