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IN MARX’S LABORATORY

Critical Interpretations of the Grundrisse

http://www.brill.com/marxs-laboratory

Edited by Riccardo Bellofiore, University of Bergamo, Italy, Guido Starosta, National University of Quilmes, Argentina, and Peter D. Thomas, Brunel University, London

In Marx’s Laboratory: Critical Interpretations of the Grundrisse provides a critical analysis of the Grundrisse as a crucial stage in the development of Marx’s critique of political economy. Stressing both the achievements and limitations of this much-debated text, and drawing upon recent philological advances, this volume attempts to re-read Marx’s 1857-58 manuscripts against the background of Capital, as a ‘laboratory’ in which Marx first began to clarify central elements of his mature problematic. With chapters by an international range of authors from different traditions of interpretation, including the International Symposium on Marxian Theory, this volume provides an in-depth analysis of key themes and concepts in the Grundrisse, such as method, dialectics and abstraction; abstract labour, value, money and capital; technology, the ‘general intellect’ and revolutionary subjectivity, surplus-value, competition, crisis; and society, gender, ecology and pre-capitalist forms.

Contributors include: Chris Arthur, Luca Basso, Riccardo Bellofiore, George Caffentzis, Martha Campbell, Juan Iñigo Carrera, Howard Engelskirchen, Roberto Fineschi, Michael Heinrich, Fred Moseley, Patrick Murray, Geert Reuten, Tony Smith, Guido Starosta, Massimiliano Tomba, Jan Toporowski, Peter D. Thomas, Joel Wainwright, and Amy Wendling.

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Money

Money

VALUE, MONEY AND CRISIS: A WORKSHOP ON THE WORK OF HANS-GEORG BACKHAUS

The Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London invites you to:

Value, Money and Crisis: A Workshop on the Work of Hans-Georg Backhaus

Presentations by Riccardo Bellofiore and Tommaso Redolfi Riva, responses by Chris Arthur and Werner Bonefeld

4 June 2012
Room 137, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, University of London
4-6 pm
All welcome

Hans-Georg Backhaus is one of the most provocative thinkers of the Frankfurt School. Together with Helmut Reichelt, Alfred Schmidt, and Hans-Jürgen Krahl, he was at the origin of the Neue Marx-Lektüre. Building on Adorno’s critical sociology, Backhaus has been engaged in a problematization of the Marxian critique of political economy which takes seriously its roots in Hegel’s Logic. Questioning orthodox Marxism and Engels’s legacy, he has advanced a whole-scale reconstruction of Marxian theory, confronting the inconsistencies in Das Kapital, and rescuing Marxism as a critical theory of society. The most important of his essays were collected in Dialektik der Wertform: Untersuchungen zur marxschen Okonomiekritik (The Dialectic of the Value Form: Investigations into Marx’s Critique of Economics) by the German publisher Caira. Very few of them are available in English, but the seminal contributions (in particular his 4-part Materials for the Reconstruction of Marx’s Theory of Value) have now been published in Italian under the editorship of Bellofiore and Redolfi Riva. At the core of Backhaus’s reconstructive project is the uniqueness of Marx in building the only monetary theory of value available to us, together with a full recognition of the fetish character and the displaced/perverted nature of contradictory capitalist reality. Backhaus’s contributions put the question of the ‘constitution’ of capitalist social ‘objectivity’ once again on the agenda of Marxian theory and politics. They are essential today for anyone preoccupied with building an analysis of the crisis – one that would not only depart radically from mainstream economic theory, but go far deeper than Neo-Ricardianism and Keynesianism.

Riccardo Bellofiore has published books on Marx, Luxemburg, Minsky, Napoleoni, globalization, and the current economic crisis. With Giovanna Vertova he has a FB page, Economisti di classe. He teaches at the University of Bergamo, Italy.

Tommaso Redolfi Riva studied Philosophy and History of Political Economy in the Universities of Pisa and Florence. Together with Riccardo Bellofiore he is the editor of Hans Georg Backhaus, Dialettica della forma di valore, Roma, 2009.

Chris Arthur is the author of The New Dialectic and Marx’s Capital.

Werner Bonefeld teaches at theUniversity ofYork. He recently edited Subverting the Present, Imagining the Future: Insurrection, Movement, Commons.

 

Further information: http://www.gold.ac.uk/sociology/calendar/?id=5410

 

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World Crisis

SSPT ANNUAL CONFERENCE: 16-17 JUNE 2011, UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

‘FORMS OF DOMINATION AND EMANCIPATION’

STUDIES IN SOCIAL & POLITICAL THOUGHT (SSPT)

[T]he fact above all which so demoralizes the modern world [is] that the greater the efforts made, the more terrible are the new forms in which the old social problems reappear- C. L. R. James

Research students and scholars working in philosophy, social, political or theory more broadly construed are invited to submit an abstract of up to 400 words on any topic related to the conference theme ‘Forms of Domination and Emancipation’. Please ensure the abstract is prepared for blind review. Presentations will likely be 20-30 minutes in length.

Keynote speakers include Chris Arthur (ex-Sussex) on “Dialectic of Domination and Emancipation” and Stathis Kouvelakis (Kings College London) on “The Actuality of Revolution?”

Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in the Winter 2011 issue of Studies in Social & Political Thought.

The deadline for submissions is 15 April 2011

Notification of acceptance will be sent out within two weeks.
Abstracts or questions should be addressed to: sspt@sussex.ac.uk

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
Forms of domination – Capital; (neo-)Liberalism; Patriarchy; Imperialism and (neo-)Colonialism; Hegemony; Ideology; Biopolitics; Discipline; Governmentality; Psychology and Psychoanalysis; Legality and Legitimacy.

Forms of emancipation – Communism and Communization; Radical Democracy; the State; Politics of Difference, Otherness, Non-Identity; Anarchism; Multitude; Psychology and Psychoanalysis; New Social Movements.

Possible thinkers include but are not limited to:

Alain Badiou; Walter Benjamin; Judith Butler; Gilles Deleuze; Frantz Fanon; Michel Foulcault; Antonio Gramsci; G.W.F. Hegel; C.L.R. James; Freud and Lacan; Henri Lefebvre; Rosa Luxemburg; Karl Marx; Antonio Negri; Evgeny Pashukanis; Jacques Rancière; Edward Said; Early Frankfurt School; Neue Marx-Lektüre; Value-Form Theory; Théorie Communiste.

Some participants might also like to consider the relations between different thinkers and forms of domination and emancipation.

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World Crisis

Karl Marx

MARX AND PHILOSOPHY SOCIETY SEVENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE – CALL FOR GRADUATE PANEL PAPERS

Call for Graduate Panel Papers

Marx and Philosophy Society Seventh Annual Conference Saturday 5 June 2010, Institute of Education, University of London

‘Abstraction, Universality and Money’

Main speakers:
Chris Arthur
Richard Seaford (Exeter)
Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths)

The Marx and Philosophy Society aims to encourage scholarly engagement with, and creative development of, the philosophical and foundational aspects of Marx’s work. The society welcomes contributions from any philosophical or political position.

Papers on any topic consonant with the general aims of the Society (not necessarily on the specific conference theme) are invited from postgraduate students for a panel at the conference. Papers should be planned to last for approximately 20 minutes. Please submit abstracts of up to 300 words by 5th March 2010 to David Marjoribanks at: dm275@kent.ac.uk

http://www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk/society

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School of European Culture and Languages
University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NF, UK
Tel +44 1227-827513; Fax +44 1227-823641
http://www.kent.ac.uk/secl/philosophy/staff/sayers.html

Editor, Marx and Philosophy Review of Books
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MARX AND PHILOSOPHY REVIEW OF BOOKS

Announcing the launch of a new online review of books covering Marxism and philosophy

* First batch of reviews now online

* New reviews added regularly

* Part of the redesigned Marx & Philosophy Society web site

* Edited by Sean Sayers and members of the Society

For reviews and to subscribe go to: http://www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks   

Recent reviews:

J.K. Gibson-Graham: The End of Capitalism (As We Knew It): A Feminist Critique of Political Economy (Reviewed by Richard Schmidt)

J.K. Gibson-Graham: A Post-Capitalist Politics (Reviewed by Richard Schmidt)

Amy E. Wendling: Karl Marx on Technology and Alienation (Reviewed by Chris Arthur)

Bill Martin: Ethical Marxism: The Categorical Imperative of Liberation (Reviewed by David Marjoribanks)

Bernard Reginster: The Affirmation of Life: Nietzsche on Overcoming Nihilism (Reviewed by Meade McCloughan)

Andrew Chitty and Martin McIvor (Eds.): Karl Marx and Contemporary Philosophy (Reviewed by David McLellan)

The Marx and Philosophy Review of Books is brought to you by the Marx & Philosophy Society: http://www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk

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Re-reading Marx
New Perspectives after the Critical Edition

Edited by Riccardo Bellofiore and Roberto Fineschi

Palgrave Macmillan

9780230202115

256 pages

The new historical and critical edition of the works of Marx and Engels, the second Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe (MEGA2), opens up the possibility of a radical rethinking of the entirety of Marx’s thought. Marx has been read primarily through Engels’ spectacles. Now, with the publication of the entire corpus of Marxian manuscripts, it is now
possible to read Marx according to Marx. This has rejuvenated debate and shed new light on Marx’s original intentions.

This important collection assesses the relevance of the historical and critical edition, includes analysis, by leading scholars, of specific themes in the Marxian critique of political economy using the new material available, and provides an overview of the German debate in Marxian theory in recent decades. This detailed and fascinating book is essential reading for all seeking the best in contemporary Marxian analysis and theory.

Introduction; R.Bellofiore & R.Fineschi New Perspectives Opened by the Publication of Marx’s Manuscripts of Capital, Vol. II; R. Hecker Karl Marx’s Original Manuscripts in the Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe (MEGA): Another View on Capital; R. Roth Dialectic of the Commodity and its Exposition: The German Debate in the 70s: a Personal Survey; R. Fineschi Reconstuction or Deconstruction? Methodological Controversies about Value and Capital and New Insights from the Critical Edition; M. Heinrich The Limits and Uncertainties of Historic all Materialism: An Appraisal Based on the Text of Grundrisse (Notebooks III, IV and V); R. Finelli The Chapters on Machinery in the 1861-63 Manuscripts; T. Smith The Development of Marx’s Theory of the Distribution of Surplus-Value in the Manuscripts of 1861-63; F. Moseley The Possessive Spirit of Capital: Subsumption/Inversion/Contradiction; C.J. Arthur The Place of ‘The Results of the Immediate Production Process’ in Capital; P. Murray A Ghost Turning into a Vampire. The Concept of Capital and Living Labour; R. Bellofiore From History of Capital to History in Capital; M. Tomba Marx’s General Rate of Profit Transformation: Methodological and Theoretical Obstacles. An Appraisal Based on the 1864-65 Manuscript of Das Kapital III.

 

RICCARDO BELLOFIORE is Professor of Economics at the University of Bergamo, Italy. He has edited Marxian Economics: A Reappraisal, global Money, Capital Restructuring and the Changing Patterns of labour, two volumes on Hyman Minsky’s economics (with Piero Ferri) Financial Keynesianism and Market Instability and Financial Fragility and Investment in the Capitalist Economy and The Constitution of Capital: Essays on Volume I of Marx’s Capital (with Nicola Tayor). He is a member of the International Symposium on Marxian Theory.

ROBERTO FINESCHI studied Philosophy and Political Economy in Siena, Berlin and Palermo. He won the Rjazanov-Prize for young scholars for the most valuable research in Marxian Theory. He has published three books: Ripartire da Marx, Marx e Hegel and Un nuovo Marx and several essays in English, French, German, Italian and Japanese. He is editor of a new Italian edition of Capital: Book I, after the new critical edition. He is a member of the editorial board of the Italian Marx and Engels Collected Works and the International Symposium on Marxian Theory.

 

 

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MARX AND PHILOSOPHY SOCIETY
Joe McCarney Memorial Conference

 

10.30 – 6, Saturday October 25, 2008,  at the London Knowledge Lab, 23-29 Emerald Street, London WC1

Speakers:

Kai Nielsen: ‘Emancipatory Social Science: McCarney and Levine’

David MacGregor: ‘The Problem of Evil’

John Clegg: ‘A brief history of false consciousness’

Andrew Chitty: ‘Can there be an ethical critique of capitalism?’

Chris Arthur: ‘The Concept of Critique’

There is no registration charge but it would be helpful if you would book in advance by sending an Email to: arthurcj@waitrose.com

Tube stations: Holborn and Russell Square.

Joe McCarney (1941-2007) helped to found the Marx and Philosophy Society. To commemorate the anniversary of his tragic death this conference is to be held, which will take up themes present in his work.

 

Copies of books by Joe McCarney are at: http://www.josephmccarney.com/

 

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