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Marx's Inferno: The Political Theory of Capital

William Clare Roberts


This book reconstructs the major arguments of Karl Marx's Capital and inaugurates a completely new reading of a seminal classic. Rather than simply a critique of classical political economy, the book argues that Capital was primarily a careful engagement with the motives and aims of the workers' movement. Understood in this light, Capital emerges as a profound work of political theory. Placing Marx against the background of nineteenth-century socialism, the book shows how Capital was ingeniously modeled on Dante's Inferno, and how Marx, playing the role of Virgil for the proletariat, introduce ... More

Keywords: socialism, Karl Marx, political economy, workers' movement, political theory, commerce, labor, Inferno, social Hell, capitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691180816
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691180816.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Clare Roberts, author
McGill University