The following article appeared in the Fall 1988 issue of Critical Review (Volume 2, Number 4): 76-81.


By Chris Matthew Sciabarra

Abstract This article reviews the first edition of Kevin M. Brien's book, Marx, Reason, and the Art of Freedom (Temple University Press).  It argues that Brien presents a systematic and integrated discussion of the relationship between reason and freedom in Marx's thought, uncovering important and often neglected epistemological parallels between Marxist and non-Marxist philosophers.  But the book raises questions that challenge the actualizable potential of Marx's project. (It should be noted that in Brien's second edition to this book, he takes note of Sciabarra's review.)

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