Making Sense of Marx

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Making Sense of Marx
Making Sense of Marx (Elster).jpg
Author Jon Elster
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Philosophy
Published 1985 (Cambridge University Press)
Media type Print
Pages 556
ISBN 0521297052, 9780521297059

Making Sense of Marx is a 1985 book about Karl Marx by Jon Elster.


Elster reevaluates Marx's ideas from a rational choice perspective,[1] arguing that Marx at his most insightful was in some sense a methodological individualist.[2]

Scholarly reception[edit]

Elster's work was praised by David McLellan work as "sharp" and "hard-headed",[1] and as "erudite" by Richard W. Miller.[2]

Jan Narveson writes that Making Sense of Marx was, "greeted with highly mixed feelings by those who had hoped the title meant that there was sense to be made" of Marx.[3]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b McLellan 1995. p. 441.
  2. ^ a b Miller 1999. p. 77.
  3. ^ Narveson 2001. p. 348.


  • McLellan, David (1995). Karl Marx: A Biography. London: Papermac. ISBN 0-333-63947-2. 
  • Miller, Richard W. (1999). Carver, Terrell, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Marx. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-36694-1. 
  • Narveson, Jan (2001). The Libertarian Idea. Orchard Park, New York: Broadview Press. ISBN 1-55111-421-6.