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Marx and Singularity: From the Early Writings to the Grundrisse
Luca Basso, University of Padua

Marx and Singularity by Luca Basso attempts to understand the development of Marx’s thought, from the early writings to the Grundrisse, as a search for individual realisation. Drawing upon the concept of singularity in contemporary French theory, and problematising its relation to Marx’s vocabulary, this book challenges organicist interpretations of Marx’s early work. The productivity of the notion of singularity is argued to be based on the fact that it allows us to highlight the element of individual realisation, stressing at the same time its distance from the modern conception of individuality. The “correlate” of singularity is the reciprocity, moving and unstable, between the “individual” and the “collective”, which occurs in class struggles.

Biographical note
Luca Basso, Ph.D. University of Pisa, studied in Padua and in Berlin. He is Researcher of Political Philosophy at the University of Padua. He has published many articles and three monographs: Individuo e comunità nella filosofia politica di Leibniz (Rubbettino, 2005), Socialità e isolamento: la singolarità in Marx (Carocci, 2008) of which the current book is a revised edition, and Agire in comune. Antropologia e politica nell’ultimo Marx (Ombre Corte, 2012).

All interested in Marx’ thought, in history of Marxism and of political movements, and anyone concerned with the contemporary political theory, sociology and anthropology in relation to concepts of the individual, society and community.

Table of Contents


1. The question of individuality
1.1. Individuals, determination and contingency
1.2. Gattungswesen and politics: from the Critique of Hegel’s Doctrine of the State to The Holy Family
1.3. The individual separation between bourgeois and citoyen
1.4. A society without relations
1.5. The need for a change of perspective: The German Ideology

2. Beyond the ‘private – social’ dichotomy
2.1. Social power and randomness in The German Ideology
2.2. The ambivalence of the community
2.3. Singularity and practice: the realisation of ‘individuals as such’.
2.4. Common class-action
2.5. Towards 1848: thinking in the conjuncture

3. Social Nexus and Indifference
3.1. The genesis of individuality and capitalism in the Grundrisse: the breakthrough of the critique of political economy
3.2. Gemeinwesen in precapitalist social formations
3.3. Society as an ensemble not of individuals, but of relations
3.4. The subject between universality and emptiness
3.5. Isolation: a sentence or a potentiality



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Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory
Volume 17 Issue 2


Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize Lecture
Rick Kuhn
Economic Crisis, Henryk Grossman and the Responsibility of Socialists


David McNally
From Financial Crisis to World Slump: Accumulation, Financialisation, and the Global Slowdown

Steve Edwards
Apocalyptic Sublime: On the Third Brighton Photo Biennal

Symposium on the Global Financial Crisis
Samantha Ashman
Editorial Introduction

Costas Lapavitsas
Financialised Capitalism: Crisis and Financial Expropriation

Gary A. Dymski
Racial Exclusion and the Political Economy of the Subprime Crisis

Paulo L. Dos Santos
On The Content of Banking in Contemporary Capitalism

Reflections on ‘Gewalt’ (contd.)
Luca Basso
The Ambivalence of Gewalt in Marx and Engels: On the
Interpretation of Balibar

Review Articles

Ian Hudson & Mark Hudson
on Gavin Fridell’s Fair Trade Coffee: The Prospects and Pitfalls of Market Driven Social Justice, Daniel Jaffee’s Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival, and Laura Raynolds’, Douglas Murray’s & John Wilkinson’s Fair Trade: The Challenges of Transforming Globalization

Richard Westra
on Pierre Bourdieu’s Firing Back: Against the Tyranny of the Market 2, Global Turbulence: Social Activists’ and State Responses to Globalization, edited by Marjorie Griffin Cohen and Stephen McBride, John Rapley’s Globalization and Inequality: Neoliberalism’s Downward Spiral and Anti-Capitalism: A Marxist Introduction, edited by Alfredo Saad-Filho

Michele Filippini
on Alberto Burgio’s Gramsci storico

Richard Seymour
on Markku Ruotsila’s John Spargo and American Socialism

Robert Knox
On Alain Supiot’s Homo Juridicus

Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism
Stefan Bollinger & Juha Koivisto
Hegemonic Apparatus


Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory
Volume 17 Issue 1



Marcus E. Green and Peter Ives
Subalternity and Language: Overcoming the Fragmentation of Common Sense

Henry Heller
The Longue Durée of the French Bourgeoisie

Michael Löwy
Capitalism as Religion: Walter Benjamin and Max Weber

Daniel Cho
Adorno on Education, or, Can Critical Self-Reflection Prevent the Next Auschwitz?

Reflections on ‘Gewalt’
Étienne Balibar

Massimilano Tomba
Another Type of Gewalt: Beyond Law. Re-Reading Benjamin

Guglielmo Carchedi
The Fallacies of ‘New Dialectics’ and Value-Form Theory

Christopher J. Arthur
Contradiction and Abstraction: A Reply to Finelli

Review Articles

Benjamin Noys
on Ian Parker’s Revolution in Psychology: Alienation to Emancipation, and Yannis Stavrakakis’s The Lacanian Left: Psychoanalysis, Theory, and Politics

Marcel Bois
on Christian Gotthardt’s Die radikale Linke als Massenbewegung. Kommunisten in Harburg-Wilhelmsburg 1918–1933

Tyson E. Lewis
on Peter McLaren’s Capitalists and Conquerors, and McLaren and Ramin Farahmandpur’s Teaching Against Global Capitalism and the New Imperialism

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After 1968: The Singular, The Trans-individual and the Common


Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht
After 1968

Tuesday 19 May
14:00 – 18:00

After 1968: The singular, the trans-individual and the common
— lectures organised by Sara Farris
— auditorium

Introduction by Sara Farris

Luca Basso
”Singularity and the common in Marx”



Vittorio Morfino
”Individuation and trans-individual in Simondon and Althusser”



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