File spoon-archives/marxism-thaxis.archive/marxism-thaxis_1996/96-10-29.043, message 53


Date: Sat, 26 Oct 1996 12:04:47 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: M-TH: marxian, marxist


j laari wrote:

> 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?

I think that from a historical standpoint the genesis of the term
"marxian" can be traced to academia. In that sense, there is both a real
philosophical and a political distinction between "marxian" and "marxist"
since "marxian" essentially divorces the political component and praxis
>from theory in the name of further developing theory. I also think that
"marxian" could be seen as a political rejection of "isms" among Marxist
academics during the McCarthy period. It is, consequently, easier to be an
"ian" than an "ist" in academia.

Jerry



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