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HEGEL’S PHENOMENOLOGY OF SPIRIT AND ITS AFTERLIVES

CPCT Research Seminar 2015-2016: Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and its Afterlives
Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought

Goldsmiths, University of London

New Cross

London SE14 6NW
Wednesdays, 4-6pm @ RHB 352
[Autumn] Oct 14, 28, Nov 11, 25, Dec 9
[Spring] Jan 20, Feb 3, 17, Mar 2, 16
[Summer] May 4, 18, Jun 1, 15, 29

The research seminar, which will meet on a bi-weekly basis, is open to staff and graduate students affiliated with CPCT, and aims to serve as a forum for philosophical work and dialogue at Goldsmiths. Though the seminar is organised by the co-directors of the CPCT, Julia Ng and Alberto Toscano, we hope different members and affiliates of the CPCT will volunteer to lead the discussions each week.

 

Main text: Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, trans. A.V. Miller (OUP 1977); see also Terry Pinkard’s online translation, with facing German text

 

Structure

  1. Intro meeting; Phenomenology, Preface (pp.1-45, §72)
  2. Derrida, “Outwork, prefacing,” in Dissemination
  3. Phenomenology, Introduction to Force and Understanding (pp. 46-103, §165)
  4. Heidegger, ‘Hegel’s Concept of Understanding’; Charles Taylor, ‘The Opening Arguments of the Phenomenology’; Hans-Georg Gadamer, ‘Hegel’s “Inverted World”’
  5. Phenomenology, Self-Consciousness (pp. 104-138, §230)
  6. Hyppolite, Genesis and Structure of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit (Part III)
  7. Phenomenology, Observing Reason (pp. 105-210, §346)
  8. Phenomenology, the rest of Reason (pp. 211-262, §437)
  9. Phenomenology, The Ethical Order (pp. 263-294, §483)
  10. Phenomenology, Culture (pp. 294-363, §595)
  11. Comay, Mourning Sickness
  12. Phenomenology, Morality (pp. 364-409, §671)
  13. Phenomenology, Religion (pp. 410-478, §787)
  14. Hamacher, ‘(The End of Art with the Mask)’
  15. Phenomenology, Absolute Knowing (pp. 479-493, §808) ​

 

Texts on the Phenomenology

Hyppolite, Genesis and Structure of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit

Jameson, The Hegel Variations

Pinkard, Hegel’s Phenomenology: The Sociality of Reason

Kojève, Introduction to the Reading of Hegel

Heidegger, Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit

Houlgate, Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit: A Reader’s Guide

Yovel, Hegel’s Preface to the “Phenomenology of Spirit” (translation and commentary)

 

Further Information, see: http://www.gold.ac.uk/sociology/research-centres/cpct/res-seminar/

 

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Lucia Pradella

Lucia Pradella

GLOBALIZATION AND THE CRITIQUE OF POLITICAL ECONOMY: NEW INSIGHTS INTO MARX’S WRITINGS – A DISCUSSION

Tuesday 10 March, 5pm-7pm

Room G3

SOAS Main Building

Russell Square, London

Join Lucia Pradella, Alfredo Saad-Filho and Subir Sinha (SOAS) in discussion of Lucia’s new book Globalization and the Critique of Political Economy: New Insights from Marx’s Writings (Routledge, 2015).

This book offers a new appreciation of the contemporary relevance of Marx’s critique of political economy in the light of the new historical critical edition of his writings (MEGA²), his partially unpublished notebooks in particular. This new material shows the centrality of the international sphere and non-European societies in Marx’s research. After exploring the international foundations of political economy, from mercantilism to Smith, Ricardo and Hegel, the book traces the developments of Marx’s critique from the early 1840s to Capital Volume 1. It shows that his elaboration of the laws of capitalist un even and combined development allowed him to recognise the growth of a world working class. Marx’s work thus offers the necessary categories to develop an alternative to methodological nationalism and Eurocentrism grounded in a critique of political economy.

This book is part of the Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy Series:  http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415744102/

“A fresh and rich reading of capitalist modernity’s most important thinker. This book shows why those who dismiss Marx as ‘just another Eurocentric thinker’ are fundamentally mistaken.” – William K. Carroll, Professor of Sociology, University of Victoria, Canada.

“Contemporary globalization is an intensely contested process both intellectually and politically. In this important book Lucia Pradella traces th e contradictory development of a non-Eurocentric understanding of the emerging capitalist world economy from the 16th century onwards. Her use of Marx’s unpublished notebooks, currently appearing in the new Marx-Engels Completed Works (MEGA2), helps to make this a study of exceptional value that throws new light of the construction of Capital.” – Alex Callinicos, King’s College London, UK

“This is a timely and original book. It draws on classical political economy using Marx’s recently published manuscripts to shed new light on his evolving approach to globalisation and internationalisation of capital, historical and contemporary debates on globalisation, and Eurocentrism and the role of the state.” – Dimitris Milonakis, University of Crete, Greece

Attendance is free and all are welcome.

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Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg

RECENT ARTICLES AND FEATURES IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST WEBZINE (June 2014)
See: http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/

INDIA VEERS RIGHT, AS ASIA’S RULERS JOSTLE FOR HEGEMONY — by Richard Abernethy
The election of the anti-Muslim Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi in India is viewed in terms of the regional ascendancy of right-wing parties, and of the danger of war — Editors

THE DIALECTIC OF THE SPATIAL DETERMINATION OF CAPITAL: ROSA LUXEMBURG’S ACCUMULATION OF CAPITAL RECONSIDERED — by Peter Hudis
Luxemburg argued that the accumulation of capital hinges not only on the internal temporal dynamics of particular capitalist societies but most of all on capitalism’s spatial penetration and destruction of the non-capitalist world.

THE ALTHUSSERIAN CUL-DE-SAC – by Kevin Anderson
Althusser’s structuralist Marxism is critiqued both in terms of his theory of ideological superstructures and his interpretation of Marx as an anti-humanist, anti-Hegelian.

See our LANGUAGES PAGES for recent Marxist-Humanist articles and books in Persian, Turkish, and other languages.
On our PERSIAN LANGUAGE PAGE we would like to single out:
PETER HUDIS’S INTRODUCTION TO MARX’S CAPITAL, VOL. 2, for Hassan Mortazavi’s forthcoming translation into Persian
[VIDEO] ON THE POSSIBILITY OF SOCIALISM IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Alireza Kia interviewed by Siamiac Ghobadi on the possibility of socialism in developing countries, especially the Arab world and Iran, with a focus on whether we can reach socialism without going through capitalist economic development as in western countries.

***RECENT BOOKS OF INTEREST:
THE PHILOSOPHICAL ROOTS OF ANTI-CAPITALISM: ESSAYS ON HISTORY, CULTURE AND DIALECTICAL THOUGHT — by David Black, Studies in Marxism and Humanism Series, Lexington Books, hardcover, with subsequent paperback

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF ROSA LUXEMBURG, VOL. I: ECONOMIC WRITINGS 1, edited by Peter Hudis, Verso Books, paperback

MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM – by Peter Hudis
Historical Materialism Series, now in paperback with Haymarket Books

MARX ON GENDER AND THE FAMILY: A CRITICAL STUDY – by Heather Brown
Historical Materialism Series, now in paperback with Haymarket Books

THE DUNAYEVSKAYA-MARCUSE-FROMM CORRESPONDENCE, 1954-1978: DIALOGUES ON HEGEL, MARX, AND CRITICAL THEORY — edited by Kevin B. Anderson and Russell Rockwell, Lexington Books

We have also posted reviews of these and other of our books in a variety of journals, among them AGAINST THE CURRENT, POLITICAL STUDIES REVIEW, and MEDIATIONS.

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Karl and Jenny Marx

Karl and Jenny Marx

THE YOUNG MARX LONDON READING GROUP

London Young Marx Reading Group

Starting at Birkbeck College, London, 10 October

We are reading the ‘young Marx’ and will begin with Marx’s  “Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right”.

The online text can be found here: http://www.marxists.org/ archive/marx/works/download/ Marx_Critique_of_Hegels_ Philosophy_of_Right.pdf 

Then maybe we should go on to the Paris Manuscripts (this is all up for discussion): http://www.marxists.org/ archive/marx/works/1844/ manuscripts/preface.htm

And then perhaps we can aim to squeeze in ‘Comment on James Mills’ “Elements of Political Economy”‘ (1844): http://www.marxists.org/ archive/marx/works/1844/james- mill/index.htm

We can play it by ear but this may take us up to the end of term (or longer). If we are willing and able we can then tackle “On the Jewish question” and “The Poverty of Philosophy” in the following Spring Term.

Please find below the room bookings for next term. We are at Birkbeck University of London. We can aim to read the first chapter for the first meeting, or as much as possible …

10th Oct – Room 112, 43 Gordon Square – 6-8pm

24th Oct – Room 112, 43 Gordon Square – 6-8pm

7th Nov – Reading Week – no room booked.

14th Nov – Room 112, 43 Gordon Square – 6-8pm

28th Nov – Room 112, 43 Gordon Square – 6-8pm

12th Dec – Room 112, 43 Gordon Square – 6-8pm

Map: https://maps.google.co.uk/ maps/ms?ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0& msid=116236913161085608084. 00048b5563538358f1878

Please visit the group online forum at: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/london-marx-reading-group

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Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism

Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism

RECENT ARTICLES AND FEATURES IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST WEBZINE – SEPTEMBER 2013
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AGAINST U.S ATTACK ON SYRIA! AGAINST THE ASSAD REGIME AND OTHER REACTIONARY FORCES!  FOR THE GRASSROOTS SYRIAN REVOLUTION! — Statement by the International Marxist-Humanist Organization (Aug. 30)
As the U.S. rattles its sabers against the Assad regime in Syria in the wake of an apparent attack on civilians with chemical weapons, the situation remains murky. A number of forces — the U.S.-Britain-France, their sometime allies Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar, the murderous Assad regime, and equally murderous jihadis — are all seeking to stifle the yearnings of the Syrian people to be free of the domination of both local authoritarians and global imperialism.

AFTER TRAYVON: RENEWING THE STRUGGLE AGAINST RACISM, IN FLORIDA AND BEYOND — by J. Turk
The Trayvon Martin verdict is viewed in the context U.S. racialized capitalism. The article focuses on the structures of race/class oppression in Florida, both in the past and today, and the oppositional movements that these structures have engendered. (Aug. 19)

THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY MARCH ON WASHINGTON: A PARTICIPANT’S REPORT — by MCU
A first-hand account of the August 24, 2013 50th Anniversary March on Washington, this article stresses the intertwining of race and class and the need for the anti-racist movement to ground itself in the critique of capitalism. (Aug. 29)

IMPERIAL HUMANITARIANISM IN A U.S. NEOCOLONY: TORTURE OF WOMEN PRISONERS IN THE PHILIPPINES — by E. San Juan, Jr.
Leftist activists continue to be murdered and tortured under liberal President Benigno Aquino III.  This process, which has especially brutal outcomes for women, is viewed in the context of U.S. neocolonial domination. An earlier version appeared in Countercurrents.org, in July. (Aug. 27)

FAST FOOD WORKERS TO GO ON STRIKE ACROSS U.S. — by Eric Today, thousands of Fast Food workers across the nation are going on  strike, protesting the exploitative conditions that are standard practice in the industry. I am one of those workers, existing at the point where the gears of the capitalist profit machine grind together. Today, I am striking with my fellow workers to try and effect change at the Jimmy John’s store where I work, but also to stand in solidarity with fast food workers around the nation who experience a variety of injustices in their work places every day. (August 29)

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***RECENT BOOKS OF INTEREST:
MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM — by Peter Hudis, Historical Materialism Series, now in paperback with Haymarket Books
MARX ON GENDER AND THE FAMILY: A CRITICAL STUDY — by Heather Brown, Historical Materialism Series, now in paperback with Haymarket Books
THE PHILOSOPHICAL ROOTS OF ANTI-CAPITALISM: ESSAYS ON HISTORY, CULTURE AND DIALECTICAL THOUGHT — by David Black, Studies in Marxism Humanism Series, Lexington Books, forthcoming fall 2013

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Raya Dunayevskaya

THE DUNAYEVSKAYA-MARCUSE-FROMM CORRESPONDENCE, 1954-1978: DIALOGUES ON HEGEL, MARX, FEMINISM, AND CRITICAL THEORY – BOOK LAUNCH (Los Angeles)

Edited by Kevin B. Anderson and Russell Rockwell

Lexington Books, 2012

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2012

6:00-8:00 PM

Peace Center

8124 West Third Street

Los Angeles (near West Hollywood area)

Speakers:

Kevin B. Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins

Ana Maillon, community activist and cultural worker

Kathryn F., student activist

This book presents for the first time the correspondence between the Marxist-Humanist and feminist philosopher Raya Dunayevskaya (1910-87) and two other noted thinkers, the Hegelian Marxist philosopher and social theorist Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979) and the psychologist and social critic Erich Fromm (1900-80), both of the latter members of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory. The letters cover topics such as dialectical social theory, Marxist economics, socialist humanism, the structure and contradictions of modern capitalism, the history of Marxism and of the Frankfurt School, feminism and revolution, developments in the USSR, Cuba, and China, and the New Left of the 1960s. Among the thinkers discussed in the correspondence – some of them quite critically– are Rosa Luxemburg, Theodor Adorno, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, V. I. Lenin, Nikolai Bukharin, Leon Trotsky, Mao Zedong, and Daniel Bell. This volume shows the deeply Marxist and humanist concerns of these thinkers, each of whom had a lifelong concern with rethinking Marx and Hegel as the foundation for an analysis of capitalist modernity and its forces of opposition.

Background reading:

K. Anderson, “Marcuse’s and Fromm’s Correspondence with the Socialist Feminist Raya Dunayevskaya: A New Window on Critical Theory,” Logos, Winter 2012  http://logosjournal.com/2012/winter_anderson/

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G.W.F. Hegel

HEGEL CONTRA SOCIOLGY READING GROUP

The Gillian Rose ‘Hegel Contra Sociology’ Reading Group will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday 24 October at University College London (UCL), Foster Court Room 112, Gower Street (Tube: Russell Square or Goodge Street).

Map at: http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=529649&y=182184&z=0&sv=51.5237,-0.1326&st=7&mapp=map.srf

The group will meet every alternate Wednesdays, so subsequent readings for the rest of 2012 will take place on 7 Nov, 21 Nov, 5 Dec and 19 Dec.

All welcome

 

The controversial 235-page text, by Britain’s best Post-War philosopher, first published in 1981, has now been republished by Verso. Uniquely, Hegel Contra Sociology, in challenging the legacy of Neo-Kantianism and its impact on Marxism and sociology in general, provides a dense but concise overview of all of Hegel’s main works: the System of Ethical Life, the Philosophy of Right, Phenomenology of Spirit, the Aesthetics and the Science of Logic.

The first session (or two) will be on chapter one, ‘The Antinomies of Sociological Reason’.

Dave Black will lead off the discussion.

David Black, Convenor

 

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Hegel

LESS THAN NOTHING: HEGEL AND THE SHADOW OF DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM

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LESS THAN NOTHING: HEGEL AND THE SHADOW OF DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM

By SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK

Published: 11th June 2012

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EVENTS IN LONDON

Monday 11 June, 7pm

Central Saint Martins Campus, London N1

The new Central Saint Martins campus at Kings Cross will host the renowned philosopher Slavoj Žižek in conversation with Jonathan Derbyshire, the culture editor of the New Statesman. From Hegel to the Occupy movement, expect an interesting thought-provoking discussion followed by audience Q and A.

For more information visit: http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/cultural-capital/2012/05/slavoj-%C5%BEi%C5%BEek-conversation-new-statesman

 

15 June-16 June  

Café Oto, 18 – 22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8 3D

Hegel 101 seminar, 24 hour reading of LESS THAN NOTHING & talk by Zizek. Details coming soon on versobooks.com

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“I am writing a mega-book about Hegel. It is a true work of love. This is my true life’s work. Even Lacan is just a tool for me to read Hegel. For me, always it is Hegel, Hegel, Hegel … but people just want the shitty politics.” Slavoj Žižek

For the last two centuries, Western philosophy has developed in the shadow of HEGEL, whose influence each new thinker tries in vain to escape: whether in the name of the pre-rational Will, the social process of production, or the contingency of individual existence. Hegel’s absolute idealism has become the bogeyman of philosophy, obscuring the fact that he is the dominant philosopher of the epochal historical transition to modernity; a period with which our own time shares startling similarities.

Today, as global capitalism comes apart at the seams, we are entering a new transition. In LESS THAN NOTHING, the pinnacle publication of a distinguished career, Slavoj Žižek argues that it is imperative that we not simply return to Hegel but that we repeat and exceed his triumphs, overcoming his limitations by being even more Hegelian than the master himself. Such an approach not only enables Žižek to diagnose our present condition, but also to engage in a critical dialogue with the key strands of contemporary thought-HEIDEGGER, BADIOU, speculative realism, quantum physics and cognitive sciences. Modernity will begin and end with Hegel.

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Praise for SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK:

‘Superstar messiah of the new left’ OBSERVER

 ‘An intellectual whirlwind’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

 ‘A superstar of Elvis-like magnitude … a bogglingly dynamic whirlwind of brainpower’ DAZED & CONFUSED

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SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana,

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Slovenia. His other books from Verso include LIVING IN THE END TIMES, FIRST AS TRAGEDY, THEN AS FARCE, IN DEFENSE OF LOST CAUSES, THE SUBLIME OBJECT OF IDEOLOGY, THE FRAGILE ABSOLUTE: OR, WHY IS THE CHRISTIAN LEGACY WORTH FIGHTING FOR, THE TICKLISH SUBJECT, THE PLAGUES OF FANTASIES, FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO, THE INDIVISIBLE REMAINDER, WELCOME TO THE DESERT OF THE REAL,IRAQ: THE BORROWED KETTLE, and DID SOMEBODY SAY TOTALITARIANISM? He has also appeared in the films ŽIŽEK!, EXAMINED LIFE and The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema.

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Raya Dunayevskaya

Raya Dunayevskaya

THE DUNAYEVSKAYA-MARCUSE-FROMM CORRESPONDENCE, 1954-1978: DIALOGUES ON HEGEL, MARX, AND CRITICAL THEORY

Edited by Kevin B. Anderson and Russell Rockwell

This book presents for the first time the correspondence during the years 1954 to 1978 between the Marxist-Humanist and feminist philosopher Raya Dunayevskaya (1910-87) and two other noted thinkers, the Hegelian Marxist philosopher and social theorist Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979) and the psychologist and social critic Erich Fromm (1900-80), both of the latter members of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory.

In their introduction, editors Kevin B. Anderson and Russell Rockwell focus on the theoretical and political dialogues in these letters, which cover topics such as dialectical social theory, Marxist economics, socialist humanism, the structure and contradictions of modern capitalism, the history of Marxism and of the Frankfurt School, feminism and revolution, developments in the USSR, Cuba, and China, and emergence of the New Left of the 1960s. The editors’ extensive explanatory notes offer helpful background information, definitions of theoretical concepts, and source references.

Among the thinkers discussed in the correspondence – some of them quite critically– are Karl Marx, G. W. F. Hegel, Rosa Luxemburg, Georg Lukács, Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, V. I. Lenin, Nikolai Bukharin, Sigmund Freud, Leon Trotsky, Mao Zedong, Daniel Bell, and Seymour Martin Lipset. As a whole, this volume shows the deeply Marxist and humanist concerns of these thinkers, each of whom had a lifelong concern with rethinking Marx and Hegel as the foundation for an analysis of capitalist modernity and its forces of opposition.

978-0-7391-6835-6 – Hardback
April 2012 – $80.00 – (£49.95)

 

978-0-7391-6836-3 – Paperback
April 2012 – $34.99 – (£21.95)

 

978-0-7391-6837-0 – eBook
April 2012, Pages: 330

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Kevin B. Anderson is a professor of sociology, political science, and feminist studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. 
Russell Rockwell is an independent scholar based inNew York. 

Contents

Acknowledgments
Editors’ Introduction
Note on Sources
Abbreviations
The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse Correspondence, 1954-78
The Dunayevskaya-Fromm Correspondence, 1959-78
Appendix
Marcuse’s Preface to Dunayevskaya’s Marxism and Freedom
Dunayevskaya’s Review of Marcuse’s Soviet Marxism
Dunayevskaya’s Review of Marcuse’s One-Dimensional Man
Fromm’s Foreword to the German Edition of Dunayevskaya’s Philosophy and Revolution
Dunayevskaya’s ‘In Memoriam’ to Marcuse
Dunayevskaya’s ‘In Memoriam’ to Fromm

“[This work] could not have been published at a better time. In addition to an increase of interest in the works of all three thinkers, we are also seeing new social developments that each of them would find it necessary to respond to. This volume discloses the theoretical develop of Dunayevskaya, Marcuse, and Fromm as they engaged the social and political struggles of their day. It is evident that we can learn from them today.” – Arnold L. Farr, University of Kentucky

“This supple meditation on the exchange among three of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century is an absorbing, stimulating and fiercely illuminating contribution to radical philosophy. And further, this collection of correspondence between Dunayevskaya, Marcuse and Fromm is not only historically significant from the perspective of philosophical aficionados, but limpidly demonstrates the continued relevance, if not urgency, of the work of these iconic thinkers for the present historical juncture. And most significantly, the volume speaks to the growing importance of Marxist humanist philosophy for a radical transcendence of domination and oppression as a concrete historical possibility for our times.” – Peter McLaren, Professor, GraduateSchool ofEducation and Information Studies,University ofCalifornia,Los Angeles

“This book is an excellent treatment of an understudied area in the history of the development of Frankfurt School Critical Theory in the U.S. and its intersections with Marxist Humanism. It delivers an original piece of work in the Critical Theory/history of the Frankfurt School literature; it fills an important gap by making the connection between these three important Marxist theorists who all evolved intellectually in the context of the U.S. and emigrated from Europe; and it presents material that will challenge historians of radical thought in the U.S. from the 1950s to the 1970s as well.” – Douglas Kellner, UCLA, editor of the Collected Papers of Herbert Marcuse

“Anderson and Rockwell’s edited collection of the correspondence between Raya Dunayevskaya and first Herbert Marcuse, then Erich Fromm, brings Marxist humanism to life. These letters give the reader a close view of these three major theorists’ understanding of the movements and issues of these decades, and of their sometimes corresponding, sometimes clashing political and theoretical outlooks. Anderson and Rockwell’s introduction places these dialogues in context, tracing the political and intellectual evolution of each of the authors, and highlighting the importance of the issues that they grapple with. This collection is a crucial resource for anyone wishing to understand Marxist humanism, the range of views within it, and its relation to Critical Theory.” – Barbara Epstein,University ofCalifornia,Santa Cruz

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Karl Marx

Karl Marx

KARL MARX AND THE PRESENT MOMENT

Karl Marx and the Present Moment: Beyond ‘Resistance’ and Toward Human Emancipation

A talk and discussion: with Kevin B Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins

2 p.m. Saturday 14 April 2012 at The Lucas Arms, 245a Grays Inn Road, King’s Cross, London, WC1 (5 minutes from Kings Cross Tube)

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The Arab revolutions and the Occupy movement have placed both revolution and anti-capitalism at the forefront of global social consciousness. While many are again evoking Marx, the legacy of decades of postmodernism and postmodernized postcolonial thought has left us, at best, with a politics of resistance rather than one of full human emancipation. This talk will explore Marx’s thought in light of this legacy. It will be argued that his multidimensional dialectical vision encompassed both ‘totalities’ like capitalism and the specificities of nation, ethnicity, gender, and anti-colonial resistance. Moreover, his philosophical dialectic, rooted in Hegel, theorized precisely this type of ‘concrete totality.’ And finally, his critique of capital was accompanied by an always implicit — and sometimes explicit — vision of a radically humanist future beyond the exploitative, alienating, and reified world of the capital relation.

Kevin Anderson’s most recent books are Foucault and the Iranian Revolution; Gender and the Seductions of Islamism (with Janet Afary, 2005), Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies (2010), and The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse-Fromm Correspondence, 1954-1978: Dialogues on Hegel, Marx, and Critical Theory (coedited with Russell Rockwell, 2012). He is also the author of Lenin, Hegel, and Western Marxism: A Critical Study (1995) and the coeditor (with Peter Hudis) of The Rosa Luxemburg Reader(2004).

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Hegel

HEGEL-MARX-HEIDEGGER SEMINAR ON ALIENATION

The German Philosophy Seminar at the IGRS will host a guest lecture by Laurence Hemming on Monday, 31 October from 16:00-18:00:

Beside Myself with Indignation: Hegel, Marx and Heidegger on Alienation

Marx’s understanding of alienation has increasingly become a key not only for understanding his own work, but also for certain self-presentations of the work of the social sciences overall. Although there have been a number of important investigations of Marx’s use of the terms ‘Entfremdung’ and ‘Entäußerung’, acknowledging Marx’s indebtedness to Hegel, I argue that insufficient attention has been paid to how exactly Marx took over Hegel’s central metaphysical thought. This lecture re-examines Hegel’s influence on Marx, by asking again what Marx and Hegel meant by alienation, and asking how Marx concretised and revolutionised Hegel’s term as a central understanding of the meaning of transcendence, by returning to other interpreters of Hegel, notably Heidegger, to shed new light on Marx’s use of Hegel’s terms.

Venue: Room STB 5, Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, University of London: (http://www.london.ac.uk/fileadmin/documents/home/stewart_house_map.pdf)

All are welcome to attend.

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Johan Siebers
Convenor, German Philosophy Seminar

 

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