First published in 1975, this book explores the concept of socialism. The contributors to the book, all both socialists and academics, explore the philosophical ideas behind the concept, as well as offering thoughtful analyses of topics such as ‘Division of Labour’ and ‘Women’s Liberation’. Editor Parekh shows with this book that socialism is not merely an economic theory but a comprehensive view of life characterised by, among other things, a distinctive conception of man, rationality, and knowledge. Between them the contributors cover the essential aspects of socialist thought and provide a stimulating survey of the dilemmas facing contemporary socialist thinkers.


chapter |13 pages


Edited ByBhikhu Parekh

chapter 1|24 pages

Socialism, the Prophetic Memory

ByVictor Kiernan

chapter 2|24 pages

Marx’s Theory of Man

ByBhikhu Parekh

chapter 3|10 pages

Marx and the Whole Man

ByDavid McLellan

chapter 4|23 pages

Socialist Man: William Morris and Bernard Shaw

BySteven Ingle

chapter 5|25 pages

The Undivided Self*

ByRobert Eccleshall

chapter 7|20 pages

Socialism and the Idea of Science

ByAnthony Arblaster

chapter 8|13 pages

Socialism and the Division of Labour

ByTom Bottomore

chapter 9|25 pages

Marxist Critiques of the State

ByLeslie Macfarlane

chapter 10|29 pages

Socialism and Violence

ByNeil Harding

chapter 11|10 pages

Women’s Liberation, Marxism and the Socialist Family

ByJuliet Mitchell

chapter 12|12 pages

‘You’re a Marxist, aren’t you?’

ByRaymond Williams