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Beyond Capital: Toward a Theory of Transition

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"Not only profound in its analysis, but also so passionately inspired by sympathy for the downtrodden and their struggle for liberation. . ."
--Daniel Singer, The Nation

"This is an important book, heavy in size and tone. It belongs in every serious library."
--Choice
Paperback, 994 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Monthly Review Press (first published 1995)
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Chelsea Szendi
May 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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At about one thousand pages, it can feel like Meszaros was convinced that each sentence was a literal and not a literary blow to the capitalist system. My gripes about its wordiness aside, this is a hell of an analysis. Particularly useful for me is his discussion of what he sees as the absolute limits of capital, one of which is the women's movement that have exposed the unfulfilled and unfulfillable promise of the capitalist system.
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Sep 21, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
La fórmula propuesta por Istvan Mészáros en su Beyond Capital (que atrajo la atención ni más ni menos que de Hugo Chávez, quien también pidió a Fidel Castro que leyera el libro) es distinguir entre capital y sociedades capitalistas: el predicado «capitalista» designa sociedades con propiedad privada de los medios de producción y relaciones de mercado universalizadas, en las que los trabajadores venden su fuerza de trabajo. Aunque, en este sentido, los países del socialismo de Estado no eran «cap ...more
Bryan Atinsky
Dec 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
1000 some pages and interesting the whole way through. One of the best of its kind.
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Marxist philosopher, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Sussex. He held the Chair of Philosophy at Sussex for fifteen years and was earlier Professor of Philosophy and Social Science for four years at York University.

He can be linked to the so-called "Budapest School", a group of Hungarian philosophers who were taught or influenced by Georg Lukács, including Ágnes Heller and György Márkus
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