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Chris Arthur, Hegel’s Master-Slave Dialectic and a Myth of Marxology’s Master-Slave Dialectic and a Myth of MarxologySource: Originally published in the New Left Review, November-December 1983, pp. 67–75. Revised by the author for Marx Myths & Legends. Used with permission of New Left Review for non-commercial, educational purposes only, and no permission is granted to reproduce the text. There is a widely held view that Marx was profoundly influenced by the Master–Servant (‘Herrschaft und Knechtschaft’) dialectic in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. This view was first popularized by Jean-Paul Sartre, who refers in his Being and Nothingness (1943) to ‘the famous Master-Slave relation which so profoundly influenced Marx’.[1] Sartre does not explain how he knows this.[2] Probably this remark reflects the influence of Alexandre Kojève’s lectures on Hegel in the nineteen-thirties. Kojève presents a reading of the Phenomenology which centralizes the place of the Master–Servant dialectic in it, i…

Tony Smith on Globalization

GLOBALISATION: A SYSTEMATIC MARXIAN ACCOUNT After completing Technology and Capital I immersed myself in the literature on globalization and global justice.After a year of research undertaken while visiting the economics department of the University of Amsterdam in 1999-2000, I began writing the book eventually published in 2005, Globalisation: A Systematic Marxian Account.
In Part One I attempt a systematic reconstruction of the main positions in the globalization debate, taking Hegel’s dialectical ordering of positions in The Phenomenology of Spirit as a rough guide.I distinguish four models of globalization: the social state model, the neoliberal model, the catalytic state model, and the democratic cosmopolitan model.I argue that each necessarily tends to function in a manner contradicting essential normative claims made by its leading advocates (John Rawls, Friedrich Hayek, John Gray, and David Held, respectively).In Hegelian jargon, this ‘immanent contradiction’ just…