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Critique of Political Economy

MARX & PHILOSOPHY SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017

Marx and the Concept of Labour
24th June 2017
Room 822, University College London Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
Conference poster (pdf)
Conference abstracts

 

Main speakers:
Mike Neary (Lincoln)
Critical theory as a critique of labour, featuring academic work; or, how do revolutionary teachers teach?
Sara Farris (Goldsmiths)
A Marxist-feminist approach to the theory of the reserve army of labour

Anselm Jappe (Sassari)
Marx and the ‘two-fold nature’ of labour: the ‘pivot’ of his critique of capitalism

Graduate panel:
Alastair Hemmens (Cardiff)
Labour, a ‘rational abstraction’? Robert Kurz’s substance of capital and resolving the labour aporia in Marx
Sean Winkler (Leuven)
The Hessen-Grossmann-Lukács Thesis: A Marxist Study of the emotions in early modern philosophy’
Michael Lazurus (Monash)
The standpoint of labour and Marx’s method

Directions: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/maps/ioe
Admission is free but please reserve a place in advance by emailing Eric John Russell at johndavid.correspondence@gmail.com

 

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Raya Dunayevskaya

THE RAYA DUNAYEVSKAYA COLLECTION

The Raya Dunayevskaya Collection — Marxist-Humanist Archives is now online.

At: http://rayadunayevskaya.org/

News and Letters Committees is proud to announce that the Archives of the Marxist-Humanist philosopher/revolutionary, Raya Dunayevskaya (1910-1987), are now available online.

The Collection encompasses the body of ideas of Marxist-Humanism developed by Dunayevskaya during a lifetime in the revolutionary movement. Its over 17,000 pages are a resource for students, researchers and activists in fields as diverse as philosophy, women’s studies, social theory, intellectual history and Black studies.

Among the writings, many unavailable in printed form, are pioneering studies on the theory of state-capitalism, English-language translations of the young Marx and Lenin’s Hegel Notebooks, extensive notes on Hegel’s major philosophic works, writings on Black struggles in the U.S. from the 1940s to the 1980s, Political-Philosophic Letters on events spanning the world as they were occurring—from the Cuban Missile Crisis through the Iranian Revolution to the coup in Grenada. A far-reaching Battle of Ideas with other Marxists is found in the comprehensive collection of her columns, which first appeared in the newspaper she founded, News & Letters.

The vast preparatory materials for her three major books Marxism and FreedomPhilosophy and Revolution, and Rosa Luxemburg, Women’s Liberation, and Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution are included, as are her extensive preliminary writings for her unfinished book on “Dialectics of Organization and Philosophy.”

There is a wide-ranging collection of correspondence, including with: Herbert Marcuse, Erich Fromm, Leon Trotsky, Natalia Trotsky, Adrienne Rich, Grace Lee Boggs, C.L.R. James, Cornelius Castoriadis, Meridel LeSueur, Nnamdi Azikwe, Tadayuki Tsushima, Zagorka Golubovic, Louis Dupré, Sekou Toure and Maria Barreno.

First Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/the-raya-dunayevskaya-collection2014marxist-humanist-archives-is-now-online

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Karl Marx

MARX AND PHILOSOPHY CONFERENCE – CALL FOR GRADUATE PAPERS

Papers on any topic related to the general aims of the Marx and Philosophy Society, but not necessarily on the specific conference theme, are invited from postgraduate students for a panel at the Marx and Philosophy Society annual conference on 13th June 2015 (details below).

Papers should be planned to last for approximately 20 minutes. Please send abstracts of up to 300 words to Andrew Chitty at a.e.chitty@sussex.ac.uk by 20th March 2015.

The Twelth Marx and Philosophy Society annual conference will take place on Satrurday 13th June 2015 at the
Institute of Education, London. This year’s theme is ‘Marx and Utopia’.

Plenary speakers:
Gregory Claeys (Royal Holloway)
David Leopold (Oxford)
Lea Ypi (LSE)

Plus graduate panel.

Attendance is free, and open to all, but please email Meade McCloughan at meade.mccloughan@gmail.com to reserve a place.

Further details at http://www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk/societyhttp://www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk/society

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Teaching Marx

Teaching Marx

MARX READING GROUP – LONDON

We are writing to inform you about a meeting to plan a London-based Marxist reading group. Our initial idea is to attempt to grapple with a number of classic texts in the Marxist tradition that are frequently cited but rarely read, and yet might help to develop our analytical method, spark useful theoretical discussion and raise the confidence of people engaged in critical and radical practice.

We are interested in doing some study on Marx’s philosophical and historical views and on his political and economic writings (as well as those of other Marxists such as Engels, Gramsci and others). However, the design and content of the group (or groups) is still completely open and shall be decided at the initial organizing meeting.

The initiative is independent of any organizations and is open to all those interested in engaging with Marxist theory in the hope that it will provide some answers to the questions confronting radicals today.

DETAILS:  Saturday 27th September, 4pm at B101, Brunei Gallery, SOAS University.

In solidarity: Sai E, Kevin O, Jonas L, Luke S

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Karl Marx

Karl Marx

CAPITALISM IS BARBARISM: ORGANISING FOR COMMUNISM

Lectures on this topic by The Marxist Study Centre

Against Illusions of Their Politics

Communist Politics is Possible

Sunday 6th April 2014

14.30

The Conway Hall

25 Red Lion Square

London WC1R 4RL

The Marxist Study Centre is a discussion group dedicated to spreading Marxist science

Uk_msc@yahoo.co.uk

BM Box MSC.UK, London WC1N 3XX

 

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MARXISM AND ETHICS: FREEDOM, DESIRE, AND REVOLUTION

By Paul Blackledge

http://www.sunypress.edu/p-5320-marxism-and-ethics.aspx

Summary            

Accessible introduction to key thinkers of Marxist theory and the debate on the nature of Marxist ethics.

Marxism and Ethics is a comprehensive and highly readable introduction to the rich and complex history of Marxist ethical theory as it has evolved over the last century and a half. Paul Blackledge argues that Marx’s ethics of freedom underpin his revolutionary critique of capitalism. Marx’s conception of agency, he argues, is best understood through the lens of Hegel’s synthesis of Kantian and Aristotelian ethical concepts. Marx’s rejection of moralism is not, as suggested in crude materialist readings of his work, a dismissal of the free, purposive, subjective dimension of action. Freedom, for Marx, is both the essence and the goal of the socialist movement against alienation, and freedom’s concrete modern form is the movement for real democracy against the capitalist separation of economics and politics. At the same time, Marxism and Ethics is also a distinctive contribution to, and critique of, contemporary political philosophy, one that fashions a powerful synthesis of the strongest elements of the Marxist tradition. Drawing on Alasdair MacIntyre’s early contributions to British New Left debates on socialist humanism, Blackledge develops an alternative ethical theory for the Marxist tradition, one that avoids the inadequacies of approaches framed by Kant on the one hand and utilitarianism on the other.

“This book provides impressive evidence of the intellectual and moral strengths of contemporary Marxism. Paul Blackledge has provided the best history so far written of Marxism’s engagement with ethics. He enables us to understand Marx’s own moral concerns better than Marx himself did. And he has made an incisive contribution to contemporary moral debate. Critics of Marx and Marxism, including sympathetic critics such as myself, will have to take this book very seriously.” – Alasdair MacIntyre, author of After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory, Third Edition

Paul Blackledge is Professor of Political Theory at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is the author of Perry Anderson, Marxism, and the New Left and Reflections on the Marxist Theory of History, and the coeditor (with Graeme Kirkpatrick) of Historical Materialism and Social Evolution.

Price: $80.00

Hardcover – 249 pages

Release Date: March 2012

ISBN10: N/A

ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3991-4

Price: $80.00

Electronic – 249 pages

Release Date: February 2012

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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3992-1

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J-P Sartre

UK SARTRE SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Call For Abstracts
UK Sartre Society Annual Conference
14 September 2012

The annual one-day conference of the UK Sartre Society will be held in London (venue to be confirmed) on Friday 14 September 2012.

The theme of this year’s conference is Sartre and Beauvoir on Ethics. 

We welcome papers (lasting up to 30 minutes) Beauvoir’s and Sartre’s life or work as it relates to ethics: literature, theatre, cinema, philosophy, psychoanalysis, biography and autobiography, journalism and the media, politics, etc, as well as on comparative themes: Sartre in relation to his influences, contemporaries or successors.

Please email paper abstracts (500 words maximum) by 15 June 2012 to the Secretary of the UK Sartre Society, Dr Jonathan Webber: webberj1@cardiff.ac.uk

Authors of the selected papers will be notified by the end of June.

 

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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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Karl Marx

MARXISM AND PHILOSOPHY SOCIETY REVIEW OF BOOKS – UPDATE 20th APRIL 2011

New reviews just published online in the Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

·        Sutton on Jameson

·        Landa on Marx and progress

·        Calderbank on Vighi on Žižek

·        Short on Zartaloudis on Agamben

·        Garland on Crack Capitalism

New comments and discussion

And a new list of books for review all at: www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/

For notices of new reviews, comments, etc. join the Marx and Philosophy Society email list: (http://lists.topica.com/lists/mpslist)

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Editor, Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

School of European Culture and Languages
University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NF, UK
Tel +44 1227-827513; Fax +44 1227-823641
http://www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/

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Karl Marx

KARL MARX’S ‘GRUNDRISSE’ 150 YEARS LATER – OUT IN PAPERBACK

Karl Marx’s Grundrisse
Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy 150 Years Later

Edited by Marcello Musto

Hardback 2008. Price: € 82.00, £70.00, $ 130.00, CAD$ 135.00

Paperback 2010. Price: € 27.00, £ 22.50, $ 32.95, CAD$ 35.00

Written between1857 and 1858, the Grundrisse is the first draft of Marx’s critique of political economy and, thus, also the initial preparatory work on Capital. Despite its editorial vicissitudes and late publication, Grundrisse contains numerous reflections on matters that Marx did not develop elsewhere in his oeuvre and is therefore extremely important for an overall interpretation of his thought.

In this collection, various international experts in the field, analysing the Grundrisse on the 150th anniversary of its composition, present a Marx in many ways radically different from the one who figures in the dominant currents of twentieth-century Marxism. The book demonstrates the relevance of theGrundrisse to an understanding of Capital and of Marx’s theoretical project as a whole, which, as is well known, remained uncompleted. It also highlights the continuing explanatory power of Marxian categories for contemporary society and its present contradictions.

With contributions from such scholars as Eric Hobsbawm, Moishe Postone, Ellen Meiksins Wood, Terrell Carver, John Bellamy Foster, Enrique Dussel and Iring Fetscher, and covering subject areas such as political economy, philosophy and Marxism, this book is likely to become required reading for serious scholars of Marx across the world.

Table of Contents

1. Prologue

2. Foreword, Eric Hobsbawn

Part I. Grundrisse: Critical Interpretations

3. History, Production and Method in the 1857 ‘Introduction’ to the Grundrisse, Marcello Musto

4. The Concept of Value in Modern Economy. On the Relationship between Money and Capital in ‘Grundrisse’, Joachim Bischoff and Christoph Lieber

5. Marx Conception of Alienation in ‘Grundrisse’, Terrell Carver

6. The Discovery of the Category of Surplus value, Enrique Dussel

7. Historical Materialism in ‘Forms which precede Capitalist Production’, Ellen Meiksins Wood

8. Marx’s ‘Grundrisse’ and the Ecological Contradictions of Capitalism, John Bellamy Foster

9. Emancipated Individuals in an Emancipated Society. Marx’s Sketch of Post-Capitalist Society in the ‘Grundrisse’, Iring Fetscher

10. Rethinking ‘Capital’ in Light of the ‘Grundrisse’, Moishe Postone 

Part II. Marx at the time of Grundrisse

11. Marx’s life at the time of the ‘Grundrisse’. Biographical notes on 1857-8, Marcello Musto

12. The First World Economic Crisis: Marx as an Economic Journalist, Michael R. Kratke

13. Marx’s ‘Books of Crisis’ of 1857-8, Michael R. Kratke

Part III. Dissemination and reception of Grundrisse in the world 

14. Dissemination and Reception of the ‘Grundrisse’ in the world. Introduction, Marcello Musto

15. Germany and Austria and Switzerland, Ernst Theodor Mohl

16. Russia and Soviet Union, Lyudmila L. Vasina

17. Japan, Hiroshi Uchida

18. China, Zhongpu Zhang

19. France, Andre Tosel

20. Italy, Mario Tronti

21. Cuba and Argentina and Spain and Mexico, Pedro Ribas and Rafael Pla

22. Czechoslovakia, Stanislav Hubik

23. Hungary, Ferenc L. Lendvai

24. Romania, Gheorghe Stoica

25. USA and Britain and Australia and Canada, Christopher J. Arthur

26. Denmark, Birger Linde

27. Yugoslavia, Lino Veljak

28. Iran, Kamran Nayeri

29. Poland, Holger Politt

30. Finland, Vesa Oittinen

31. Greece, John Milios

32. Turkey, E. Ahmet Tonak

33. South Korea, Hogyun Kim

34. Brazil and Portugal, Jose Paulo Netto

Author Biography

Marcello Musto teaches at the Department of Political Science at York University, Toronto – Canada.

Reviews:

“Nothing Marx wrote has better illustrated the complexity of his thought and the enormous array of the world’s appreciation of it than the Grundrisse. This collection of essays gives one an indispensable entry into understanding better what Marx has to offer the world today and the social bases of the multiple Marxisms” — Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University

“In this edited collection of essays by international scholars, Marcello Musto has helped to chart the recognition and influence of one of Marx’s most important, methodologically rich – and most neglected – texts: the Grundrisse. The volume is the fruit of many years of sustained and devoted scholarship, his chapter on the ‘1857 Introduction’ is one of the finest in the collection” — Stuart Hall, Open University

“Karl Marx’s Grundrisse is a magnificent volume, which also serves as a global map of world Marxist theory” — Fredric Jameson, Duke University

“Over the last two decades, Marx’s Grundrisse has increasingly been seen as the key text to the understanding his work. An up-to-date discussion of the Grundrisse is therefore much to be welcomed. And when it is of the consistently high quality that Marcello Musto has here put together, scholars of Marx can only rejoice” — David McLellan, Goldsmiths College, University of London

“Karl Marx’s Grundrisse represents a major resource for studies on Marx. It is a key text for understanding his critique of political economy; but also – and no less importantly – it makes visible the questions that Marx did not develop later in Capital, such as capitalism as a global system, ecology, and the contours of a post-capitalistic society. This volume is required reading for all serious students of Marx” — Samir Amin, Third World Forum

“At a time when Marx’s writings are once again attracting ever-wider circles of readers seeking to understand yet another global capitalist crisis, Marcello Musto has produced an edited volume devoted to Marx’s Grundrisse. The essays of interpretation as well as the studies of both the production of this great work and its reception across many different societies and social contexts make this book an especially timely and valuable contribution to Marx’s current ascendancy” — Richard D. Wolff, New School University, New York

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LOST TEXT

History Matters

THE ILLUSIONS OF ‘SOLIDARITY’ By David Brown

A ‘Lost Text’ from 1975 rediscovered: David Brown on the ‘Illusions’ of Maurice Brinton and Cornelius Castoriadis

Editorial notes by the Hobgoblin Collective:

Hobgoblin has published (online) for the first time a text, written in 1975 as a letter to the membership of the Solidarity group – also known as ‘Solidarity For Workers Power’. This group was founded in 1960 by Chris Pallis, an eminent neurologist who wrote under the name “Maurice Brinton,” and Ken Weller, a young shop steward working in the motor industry. The group, initially known as Socialism Reaffirmed, published a journal, Agitator, which after six issues was renamed Solidarity. Both Brinton and Weller had previously been members of Gerry Healy’s Socialist Labour League, founded amidst the mass defections from the Communist Party after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. As Richard Abernethy put in an obituary for Chris Pallis in Hobgoblin in 2005:

“Solidarity punctured and deflated some favourite left-wing illusions. It recognised that there was no actually existing socialism, no worker’s states, in the world. Notwithstanding all differences between the Western capitalist bloc, the Eastern bloc ruled by Communist parties, and the Third World, the basic divide between rulers and ruled existed everywhere.”

The Solidarity group, despite never having much more than a hundred members, was influential, not least because Solidarity became the main conduit of the political theories of Cornelius Castoriadis aka Paul Cardan (1922-97), founder of Socialisme ou Barbarie in France.

The resignation statement by Solidarity member, David Brown, was written at a time (1975) when the group was in decline, facing splits and having to deal with the fact that Castoriadis/Cardan had, following the demise of Socialisme ou Barbarie in 1965, moved to the Right. Brown, was influenced by French ex-Bordigist, Jacques Camatte, some of whose writings he translated, by the Russian value-theorist, II Rubin, and by Karl Korsch, author of Marxism and Philosophy. According to Brown, Castoriadis and Solidarity shared with the traditional left a restricted understanding of Marx’s ideas, not recognising the liberatory core of Marx’s Capital, and taking the shortcoming of the traditional left as grounds for breaking with Marx. Brown argues that Castoriadis, Brinton and the Solidarity group misunderstood the cardinal term of the Marx’s critique of political economy – value. Brown writes:

“The attack on the labour theory of value is only a prelude to a more general attack on the materialist conception of history. By reducing the general conception of the mode of production to mean technology and the word ‘determine’ to mean the same as ‘cause’, a simple transformation of marxism into banality follows.” 

Castoriadis had argued that:

“The revolutionary movement… must become the place (the only place in contemporary society, outside the factory) where… individuals learn about collective life, run their own affairs and fulfill and develop themselves, working for a common objective in reciprocal recognition.”

Brown finds this position to be “entirely false,” and argues (following Jacques Camatte) that “all organisations are despotic” because, basing themselves on “critique of other organisations and individuals” they are “already” the conception of competitive capital.

Two of the editors of The Hobgoblin (Richard Abernethy and George Shaw) are former members of the Solidarity group. As Marxist-Humanists, we do not agree with a lot of the positions David Brown expressed in 1975. If the statement that “all organisations are despotic” means that all attempts to overcome atomization and individual isolation are doomed, then we certainly disagree, believing, as we do, in a philosophically-grounded alternative to capitalism – something Castoriadis, as a “positivist,” never even considered. Nor do we agree that “support for oppressed peoples” was part of the degeneration of Marxism (this in spite of Marx’s own statements on Ireland, Poland etc), or saying that people who voted Labour in 1974 “voted for capitalism.”

We are publishing this text not only because of its historical interest as a critique of a (dead) organization of the Left, once significant (and still influential “beyond the grave,” through the works of its theoreticians and the legacy of its activists) , but also because of the general theoretic questions it raises have, in the 21st century Left, not been surpassed.

TO READ THE TEXT IN FULL SEE THE LINKS BELOW

http://www.thehobgoblin.co.uk/2011_DAVID_BROWN_ON_CHRIS%20PALLIS_1.htm

http://www.thehobgoblin.co.uk/2011_DAVID_BROWN_ON_CHRIS%20PALLIS_2.htm

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Karl Marx

MARXISM BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES

Hobgoblin Online Journal and the International Marxist-Humanist Organisation present:
 
‘MARXISM BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES’

Thursday 11 November 7.30 pm, at the Brockway Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square London WC1 (nearest tube: Holborn).

Admission free (collection for room)

All welcome
SPEAKERS
 
Peter Hudis, co-editor of the ‘Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg’, on the Dialectics of Economic Turbulence

Kevin B Anderson, author of ‘Marx at the Margins’, on Race, Class and Capitalism

David Black, author of ‘Helen Macfarlane, A Feminist, Revolutionary Journalist and Philosopher in mid-19th Century England’, on Marxism and Philosophy

Heather Brown, author of ‘Marx on Gender and the Family: A Critical Study’ (forthcoming), on Marxism and Gender
 
Ba Karang, editor of Africa Links, on Africa Today

Contact: HobgloblinLondon@aol.com 

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