File spoon-archives/marxism-thaxis.archive/marxism-thaxis_1996/96-10-29.043, message 52


Date: Sat, 26 Oct 1996 18:38:51 +0300 (EET DST)
Subject: M-TH: marxian, marxist


How many of you people have ever heard of someone being "platonian"?
Or "aristotelist"? We can continue this kind of list up to
"derridist"... I don't know linguistic reasons (grammatic, syntactic
whatever rules) behind this phenomenon but obviously it's right to say
"kantian" but not "kantist". But I've seen both forms in use when it's
a question of Marx: "marxist" and "marxian" both seem to be relevant.

Now what I'm interested in is whether anyone really believes that this
linguistic accident counts as real philosophical or political
distinction. If so, what's the nature of this distinction or
difference?

Jukka



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