On the Origins of Animalist Marxism
Rereading Ted Benton and the Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
Keywords:Marxist Ecology, Ecology
In human-animal studies and critical animal studies, the most influential treatment of animalist Marxism and Marxist animalism has been developed by Ted Benton on the basis of his interpretation of Karl Marx's work. This article focuses minutely on Benton's argument and Marx's Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844 (or Paris Manuscripts), refuting Benton's contentions point by point and forcefully challenging the idea that Marx's work was speciesist in orientation.