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IN THE VALE OF TEARS: ON MARXISM AND THEOLOGY, V

New from the Historical Materialism Book Series

‘In the Vale of Tears: On Marxism and Theology, V’ by Roland Boer

ISBN: 9789004252325

Planned Publication Date: 

July 2013

 

http://www.brill.com/vale-tears

In the Vale of Tears brings to a culmination the project for a renewed and enlivened debate over the interaction between Marxism and religion. It does so by offering the author’s own response to that tradition. It simultaneously draws upon the rich insights of a significant number of Western Marxists and strikes out on its own. Thus, it argues for the crucial role of political myth on the Left; explores the political ambivalence at the heart of Christianity; challenges the bent among many on the Left to favour the unexpected rupture of kairós as a key to revolution; is highly suspicious of the ideological and class alignments of ethics; offers a thorough reassessment of the role of festishism in the Marxist tradition; and broaches the question of death, unavoidable for any Marxist engagement with religion. While the book is the conclusion to the five-volume series, The Criticism of Heaven and Earth, it also stands alone as a distinct intervention in some burning issues of our time.

 

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction
Of Old Timber and Lovers
On Theology
Relativising Theology
Theological Suspicion
Synopsis

1. Atheism
Banishing the Gods?
Marxism and Theology
Conclusion

2. Myth
Prolegomenon
Political Myth
Anticipation, or Utopia
For Example 
Conclusion

3. Ambivalence
Scandal and Folly
Folly to the Rich
Towards a Marxist Theory of Political Ambivalence
The Unwitting
The Witting
By Way of Conclusion

4. History
Method: Search for an Anti-Fulcrum
Paul’s Shaky Transitions
The Fate of Christian Communism

5. Kairós
At the Crossroads of Time
Eschatology
Ákairos
Measure and Immeasure (Negri)
By Way of Conclusion: Political Grace

6. Ethics
Ethics, Morality and Moralising
Care of the Self
Greasing the Other
Towards Ethical Insurgency
Conclusion

7. Idols
That Hideous Pagan Idol: Marx and Fetishism
On Graven Images: From Liberation Theology to Theodor Adorno
Conclusion

Conclusion: On Secularism, Transcendence and Death
Secular and Anti-Secular
Transgressive Transcendence
Death

References
Index

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/in-the-vale-of-tears-on-marxism-and-theology-v-by-roland-boer

 

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Karl Marx

MARX AND MARXISM TODAY

Dear All

The Final deadline for the CFP for the London Conference in Critical Thought is February 19th. Please consider submitting an abstract to the stream I am coordinating on Marx and Marxism Today

Marx and Marxism Today
Stream Coordinators: Chris O’Kane and Phil Homburg

The current crisis has lead to a renewed interest in Marx’s critique of capitalism. This proposed stream hopes to contribute to this renewed interest in Marx by inviting papers that address contemporary topics and recent developments in Marx and Marxian theory broadly construed. We invite scholars working in a wide variety of disciplines to propose papers. Possible topics might include, but are not limited, to the following:

* New perspectives on Marx.

* New perspectives on ‘schools’ of Marxism including Diamat, Western Marxism, Hegelian Marxism, Critical Theory, Structuralist Marxism, Neue Marx-Lektüre, Lacanian Marxism, etc.

* New perspectives on Marxian thinkers such as, but not limited to: György Lukács, Karl Korsch, Yevgeny Pashukanis, I.I. Rubin, Walter Benjamin, Antonio Gramsci, Theodor W. Adorno, Henri Lefebvre, Guy Debord.

* New currents of Marxist theory such as systematic dialectic, communization or and the idea of communism.

* New perspectives on Marxian categories and concepts, which may include materialism, value, fetishism, reification, alienation, class, money, capital, and communism.

* The importance of Marxism to theories of capital, crisis, society, culture, politics, economics, law, domination, and liberation.

Details about submitting abstracts and descriptions of the many other interesting streams can be found at or any of the other interesting streams: http://londonconferenceincriticalthought.wordpress.com/.

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It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

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Capitalism in Crisis

THE CRITIQUE OF POLITICAL ECONOMY IN A TIME OF CRISIS

The Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London invites you to two talks exploring the contemporary legacy of Marx’s work.

8 November 2011
Massimiliano Tomba – Revisiting the Grundrisse and the ‘Fragment on Machines’
6.30-8.00
RHB Room 137

Massimiliano Tomba is the author of books on Bruno Bauer and critique, Walter Benjamin’s critique of violence, politics in Kant and Benjamin, and, most recently, Marx’s concept of time. He teaches at the faculty of historical and political sciences at the University of Padua.

14 November 2011
Anselm Jappe – Abstract Labour as the Origin of Commodity Fetishism
6.30-8.00
RHB Room 137

Anselm Jappe is the author of Guy Debord, Les aventures de la marchandise and, most recently, Credit à mort.

All welcome. For further information, contact a.toscano@gold.ac.uk

Both speakers will also be presenting different papers at the annual Historical Materialism Conference: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/8annual/register

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

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Capitalism in Crisis

DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVES TO CAPITALISM PART 3: COMMODITY FETISHISM OR FREELY ASSOCIATED LABOR?

Saturday, MAY 14, 2011

1:00-3:00 PM

Community Room A, Westside Pavilion,Los Angeles

(Westside Pavilion is at Pico & Westwood Boulevards; Community Room A is on east side of the mall, third floor, behind food court; free parking in mall lot)

Speaker:

Kevin Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins

In Capital, Vol. I, Marx describes commodity fetishism as a system in which human relations are as relations between things, because that is the reality of life under capitalism.  However, in a little-known part of this analysis of fetishism, he also sketches a positive alternative to capitalism, a society based on freely associated labor.  At a time when the Arab revolutions have toppled dictators and asserted the power of the working class, it is urgent to re-examine Marx’s vision of a truly anti-capitalist revolution. 

Suggested readings:

Karl Marx, Capital, Vol. I, chapter 1, section 4 (pp. 163-77, Fowkes edition, esp. pp. 171-3)

Sponsored by West Coast Marxist-Humanists

More information: arise@usmarxisthumanists.org and http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/

Future meetings (same time and location):

June 11, PART 4: on Marx’s discussion of from each according to their abilities and each according to their needs – and the steps to get there – in Critique of the Gotha Program.

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

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The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Raya Dunayevskaya

DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVES TO CAPITALISM: MARX’S WRITINGS ON EXISTING CAPITALISM – PART 2
Saturday, April 2, 2011
1:00-3:00 PM
Community Room A, Westside Pavilion, Los Angeles

(Westside Pavilion is at Pico & Westwood Boulevards; Community Room A is on east side of the mall, third floor, behind food court; free parking in mall lot)

Speakers:
Kevin Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins
Dale Parsons, labor activist

Why have automated and computerized forms of labor, which at one time were heralded as leading to a dramatic shortening of the working day, led – in addition to persistent unemployment, even in non-recessionary times — to an increase in the amount of time that so many who do have jobs spend at work? To what extent do machinery and technology hinder or assist the effort to transcend the alienation that characterizes much of present-day society? To what extent does the development of the productive forces under capitalism create a basis for a new society free of alienation and overwork? We will explore Marx’s discussion of these issues – and that by the Marxist-Humanist philosopher Raya Dunayevskaya — in the section on machinery of the Grundrisse, his most important critique of political economy in the years before he finished Capital.

Suggested readings:
Karl Marx, Grundrisse,” pp. 699-712
Raya Dunayevskaya, “The Automaton,” Philosophy and Revolution, pp. 68-76

Marx’s Grundrisse is now online: http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1857/grundrisse/index.htm

Sponsored by US Marxist-Humanists on the West Coast
More information: arise@usmarxisthumanists.org and http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/

Future Meetings (same time and location):

May 14: PART 3: on Marx’s discussion of free and associated labor in the section on commodity fetishism in Capital.

June 11, PART 4: on Marx’s discussion of from each according to their abilities and each according to their needs – and the steps to get there – in Critique of the Gotha Program.

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

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The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

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Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Conference on Adorno

The Centre for Social and Political Thought (University of Sussex) is hosting a one-day conference on the 6th August 2009 to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the death of Theodor W. Adorno.

Anyone interested in presenting at this event is invited to submit either a paper proposal or abstract (no more than 500 words) to adorno.spt@gmail.com

Please include with proposals/abstracts your full name, email address, institutional affiliation, and position within institution.

We welcome papers on any issue directly related to (or influenced by) Adorno’s work – areas of interest may include aesthetics, memory, technology, ethics, politics, ideology, literature, theory/praxis, fetishism, culture and critique, as well as Adorno’s legacies, influence and contemporary relevance.

The deadline for receiving abstracts or paper proposals has been extended until the 30th June 2009. Time allocations for presentations will be 45 minutes (25-30mins for the paper, with an additional 15-20mins for questions).

We have three key speakers confirmed for the conference. They are:

Professor Max Paddison (University of Durham)

Drew Milne (University of Cambridge), and

Nicholas Joll (Open University).

Please send abstracts/proposals via email to either Simon Mussell at: s.p.mussell@sussex.ac.uk or Chris O’Kane co41@sussex.ac.uk

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The Fetishism of Commodities – Geert Reuten

 


SECOND LECTURE OF THE SERIES:

”Exploring Marx’s Capital”

Thursday, 12th February at 7.30pm, IIRE (Lombokstraat, 40 – Amsterdam)

“The fetishism of commodities”

By Geert Reuten, University of Amsterdam

This is the second lecture of the project “Exploring Marx’s Capital”, which is an integral part of the series Returns of Marxism in Amsterdam 2008/2009.

For more information, see: http://www.iire.org


Each lecture of the month from December onwards focuses upon a topic in Marx’s Capital. More precisely, it follows chronologically the main topics of Marx’s Capital Volume I, from the “commodity form” to primitive accumulation”.

The mini-series “Exploring Marx’s Capital” is related to the Capital Reading Group of Capital Volume I (both in English and in Dutch) that we started in November at the IIRE and at the University of Amsterdam.

The meetings of the Capital reading group take place twice a month, and are followed by the public lecture at the end of the month. If you are interested in participating, please do not hesitate to contact the
following emails: sara@iire.org – for the reading group in English; leesgroepmarxkapitaal@hotmail.com – for the group held in Dutch.

Please circulate

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