Marx In The Woods
The book Marx in the Woods presents the first English translation of Jacques Rancières early philosophical text The Dialectic of Reason and Private Interest, originally published in 1963. Written under the influence of Louis Althusser, the text is discussing the forms of law in Karl Marxs writings on the debates on the law on thefts of wood. As a break from the idealist philosophy, Marxs writings on thefts of wood is considered to be a turning point in the history of communist theory.
In his text, Rancière does not only discuss the complex structure of Marxs early concepts, but he does this by such wild formalism that opens the communist horizon towards unfamiliar realms.
Defending this approach still today, Rancière in the new introduction written to the book gives also some clues about his difficult relationship with Althusser.