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Inheriting Marx: Daniel Bensaïd, Ernst Bloch and the Discordance of Time

Menozzi, F (2019) Inheriting Marx: Daniel Bensaïd, Ernst Bloch and the Discordance of Time. Historical Materialism, 28 (1). pp. 147-182. ISSN 1465-4466

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This essay traces a Marxist notion of cultural heritage drawing on the work of twentieth-century thinkers Daniel Bensaïd and Ernst Bloch. Both authors, indeed, address the act of inheriting as a way of rethinking Marxism beyond determinist and teleological concepts of history. In particular, Bensaïd’s 1995 Marx for Our Times and a 1972 essay on cultural heritage by Ernst Bloch reimagine the handing-on of cultural inheritance as the political reactivation of untimely and non-synchronous survivals of past social formations. For this reason, the heritage of Marx conveyed by these authors does not result in a nostalgic preservation of the past but in reviving unrealised
possibilities of social transformation. In a comparative reading of Bensaïd and Bloch, the act of ‘inheriting Marx’ analysed in this essay hence formulates a de-commodifying conception of cultural heritage set against the violence of capital.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 16 Studies in Human Society, 14 Economics, 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2019 14:01
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2022 15:45
DOI or ID number: 10.1163/1569206X-00001803
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11793
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