By George Armstrong Kelly
Mr Kelly offers a wide-ranging yet cautious scholarly research of the assembly of 2 very important issues within the French progressive interval: highbrow and ethical perceptions of historical past, and the styles of political structures. the writer lines his principal preoccupations in a sequence of associated experiences of Rousseau, Kant, Fichte and Hegel.
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However, at the time of the debate, Poulantzas’s book was being read correctly as a hybrid Althusserian and Gramscian approach and, importantly, as Frances Fox Piven (1994, 24) observes, an objective historical consequence of the debate is that this type of structuralism tended to prevail after the Miliband– Poulantzas debate and thereafter “to dominate the intellectual fashion contest” that emerged from the debate. Thus, even if Jessop is correct in his claim that Poulantzas later moved signiﬁcantly beyond this approach to the state, it is the Poulantzas of Political Power and Social Classes that introduced structuralism into Anglo-American Marxist theory and who deﬁned the terms of the subsequent structuralist-instrumentalist debate (Clarke 1991, 35).
These authors include Talcott Parsons, David Easton, Gabriel Almond, David Apter, and Karl Deutsch—a virtual pantheon of the systems analysis and structural-functionalist movements in American social science. As Poulantzas was aware, in Parsonian systems analysis, the political component of the social system is a center of integration for all the aspects of this system which analysis can separate, not the sociological scene of a particular class of social phenomena. (Parsons 1951, 126)7 Similarly, although relying more on the structural functionalism of Robert K.
However, it will come as no sur- The Miliband–Poulantzas Debate 11 prise that Poulantzas’s epistemological attitude toward these texts was far more complex and problematic than Miliband’s position. In Political Power and Social Classes, Poulantzas cites Louis Althusser’s (1969) work as the basis for his claim that Marxism consists of two united but distinct disciplines called dialectical materialism and historical materialism. 12 Althusserian structuralists viewed the historical development of Marx’s own thought as exemplary of this process and to that extent they emphasized a distinction between the young Marx and the mature Marx.
Idealism, Politics and History: Sources of Hegelian Thought by George Armstrong Kelly