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THE PHILOSOPHY OF PRAXIS: MARX, LUKACS AND THE FRANKFURT SCHOOL

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By ANDREW FEENBERG

The origins of “Western Marxism”

http://www.versobooks.com/books/1638-the-philosophy-of-praxis

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The early Marx called for the “realization of philosophy” through revolution. Revolution thus became a critical concept for Marxism, a view elaborated in the later praxis perspectives of Lukacs and the Frankfurt School. These thinkers argue that fundamental philosophical problems are, in reality, social problems abstractly conceived.

Originally published as Lukacs, Marx and the Sources of Critical Theory, THE PHILOSOPHY OF PRAXIS traces the evolution of this argument in the writings of Marx, Lukacs, Adorno and Marcuse. This reinterpretation of the philosophy of praxis shows its continuing relevance to contemporary discussions in Marxist political theory, continental philosophy and science and technology studies.

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ANDREW FEENBERG is the author of Critical Theory of Technology (1991), Alternative Modernity (1995), Questioning Technology (1999), Transforming Technology (2002), Heidegger and Marcuse: The Catastrophe and Redemption of History (2005), and Between Reason and Experience: Essays in Technology and Modernity (2010).

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“Feenberg’s subtle and wide-ranging study of Lukacs’ History and Class Consciousness reaches forward to Marcuse and the Frankfurt School and backwards into Marx’s 1844 manuscripts. The book offers a whole new framework in which to grasp the history of Marxist theory, at the same time restoring Marcuse’s centrality in it.” – Fredric Jameson

“A model of lucid and sophisticated intellectual history.” – Martin Jay

“A most fascinating and significant book.” – Theory and Society

“A vigorous and thoughtful reassessment of both Lukacs and the Western Marxist tradition … of great interest to anyone interested in critical theory or continental philosophy.” – Robert Pippin

“Feenberg achieves his goal of demonstrating the relevance of seemingly dusty and abstract philosophical conundrums not only to contemporary social theory but to politics as well.” – The American Political Science Review

“Feenberg’s sensitive and intelligent treatment of a complex constellation of interrelated problems in Marxist studies should commend his book to a wide audience of interested scholars.” – Man and World

“Poses the central problem of history in such a way that every reader can identify its elements…. The author knows the subject thoroughly, and illuminates many points in the texts of his main authors, as well as in those of such subsidiary figures as Marcuse and Habermas.” – The Review of Metaphysics

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Antonio Gramsci

GRAMSCI CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL

FESATODER (aka. The Association of Philosophy and Social Researches, http://www.fesatoder.com) is setting out an international meeting in commemoration of Antonio Gramcsi’s 120nd year of birth at Büyükada-İstanbul as our 3rd annual philosophy meeting. For further information please visit our site.

Religion, Civil Society and Political Society in Gramsci

Gramsci Conference 7.10.-8.10.2011 in Istanbul, Büyükada

In the last decades, Gramsci’s work has become a central point of reference for critical philosophical and social-theoretical debates. His Prison Notebooks have been translated into many languages and some of his key concepts have been decisively influential for the analysis of social development under the conditions of restructured neoliberal capitalism. Among these are concepts such as those of the integral state, civil society, hegemony and leadership, the intellectuals, an historical bloc, his critical understanding of culture and Marxism as a philosophy of praxis.

Turkish society has also been studied in a series of research projects inspired by Gramsci’s perspectives, stimulating new approaches of emancipatory politics. Turkey is of particular interest because it is a semi-peripheral state between the south-eastern border of the European Union and the nations and states of the Middle East. Given the long tradition of the Ottoman Empire, the secularisation that occurred following 1923, authoritarian parliamentarian democracy and the recently renewed role of different currents of Islam in Turkish politics, it is worthwhile considering to what extent Gramsci’s perspectives on the state and civil society, his distinction between east and west, his notion of the philosophy of praxis and particularly his reflections on the meaning of religion can be useful for analysing the Turkish reality.

Prof. Dr. Alex Demirović (Technical University Berlin; Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung; editor of Prokla)

Prof. Dr. Sinan Özbek (Kocaeli University; editor of Felsefelogos)

Dr. Peter D. Thomas (Brunel University; editor of Historical Materialism: research in critical Marxist theory).

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

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Antonio Gramsci

RETHINKING GRAMSCI

Rethinking Gramsci
Edited by Marcus E. Green
New York: Routledge, 2011
ISBN: 9780415779739
Details: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415779739/

Contents

Introduction Marcus E. Green, Rethinking Marxism and Rethinking Gramsci

I. Culture and Criticism

1. Stuart Hall. Race, Culture, and Communications: Looking Backward and Forward at Cultural Studies

2. Paul Bové. Dante, Gramsci and Cultural Criticism

3. Daniel O’Connell. Bloom and Babbitt: A Gramscian View

4. Marcia Landy. Socialist Education Today: Pessimism or optimism of the intellect?

II. Hegemony, Subalternity, Common Sense

5. Derek Boothman. The Sources for Gramsci’s Concept of Hegemony

6. Marcus E. Green. Gramsci Cannot Speak: Presentations and Interpretations of Gramsci’s Concept of the Subaltern

7. Cosimo Zene. Self-consciousness of the Dalits as ‘subalterns’: Reflections on Gramsci in South Asia

8. Evan Watkins. Gramscian Politics and Capitalist Common Sense

9. Frank R. Annunziato. Gramsci’s theory of trade unionism

10. Nelson Moe. Production and Its Others, Gramsci’s ‘Sexual Question’

11. Adam David Morton. Social Forces in the Struggle over Hegemony: Neo-Gramscian Perspectives in International Political Economy

12. Richard Howson. From Ethico-Political Hegemony to Post-Marxism

III. Political Philosophy

13. Richard D. Wolff. Gramsci, Marxism and Philosophy

14. Carlos Nelson Coutinho. General Will and Democracy in Rousseau, Hegel, and Gramsci

15. Wolfgang Fritz Haug. From Marx to Gramsci, from Gramsci to Marx: Historical Materialism and the Philosophy of Praxis

16. Steven R. Mansfield. Gramsci and the Dialectic

17. Esteve Morera. Gramsci’s Critical Modernity

IV. On Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks

18. David F. Ruccio. Unfinished Business: Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks

19. Joseph W. Childers. Of Prison Notebooks and the Restoration of an Archive

20. Peter Ives. The Mammoth Task of Translating Gramsci

21. William V. Spanos. Cuvier’s Little Bone: Joseph Buttigieg’s English Edition of Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks

22. Joseph A. Buttigieg. The Prison Notebooks: Antonio Gramsci’s Work in Progress

Antonio Gramsci

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Cultural Marxism

MARXISM AND CULTURE: CALL FOR BOOK PROPOSALS

Marxism and Culture 
Series Preface (Pluto Press) 
Call for Book Proposals 

The Marxism and Culture series aims to revive, renew and develop Marxism as an emancipatory tool for analyzing media and cultural practices within capitalism and class society. During the 1990s Marxism got bashed; it was especially easily mocked once its ‘actually existing’ socialist version was toppled with the fall of the Berlin Wall. Postmodernism made Marxism a dirty word, and class struggle a dirty thought and even dirtier deed. But those days that consigned Marxism to history themselves now seem historical. The crash of neo-liberalism in a now global economy has trashed many so-called certainties about the superiority of capitalism. A new spirit of critical questioning is emergent in the context of a crisis that is political, economic, social, cultural and ecological. 

Marxism, however critically its inheritance is viewed, cannot be overlooked by the increasing numbers who make efforts to provide an analysis and a consequent practice. Our series is dedicated to exploring both Marxist methodologies and the role of culture in this situation, from the mass media to the avant-garde. Culture is the contested terrain on which we imagine alternative models of social being and critically decode the ways we remain tied, by habits and perspectives, values and emotions, to the horizon of capital. We welcome proposals that contribute to the understanding of our urgent situation through the prism of culture. 

Books published in the series so far: 

Marxism and Media Studies: Key Concepts and Contemporary Trends – Mike Wayne 

Philosophizing the Everyday, The Philosophy of Praxis and the Fate of Cultural Studies – John Roberts 

Marxism and the History of Art, from William Morris to the New Left – Andrew Hemingway (ed) 

Red Planets, Marxism and Science Fiction – Mark Bould & China Mieville 

Dark Matter, Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture , Gregory Scholette 

Magical Marxism, Subversive Politics and the Imagination, Andy Merrifield 

Series Editors 
Esther Leslie (e.leslie@bbk.ac.uk
Mike Wayne (michael.wayne@brunel.ac.uk

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Antonio Gramsci

NEW INSIGHTS INTO GRAMSCI’S LIFE AND WORK

New Insights into Gramsci’s Life and Work

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

http://igrs.sas.ac.uk/events/conferences-workshops/gramscis-life-and-work.html

A one-day conference organised by Alessandro Carlucci (Royal Holloway, University of London) in association with the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies (School of Advanced Studies, University of London)

Sponsored by the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust, and by the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway, University of London

The main aim of the conference is to share and disseminate the results of recent, specialised research on Gramsci. Significant novelties will be presented by leading experts with the aim of overcoming disciplinary boundaries and helping to reduce the gaps between: a) widespread, conventional understandings of Gramsci and up-to-date specialised research; and b) the work on Gramsci’s writings and biography and the use of Gramsci’s theories for understanding current social, political and cultural issues.

Confirmed contributors: Derek Boothman (SSLMIT, University of Bologna), Craig Brandist (University of Sheffield), Fabio Frosini (University of Urbino), Carl Levy (Goldsmiths, University of London), James Martin (Goldsmiths, University of London), Anne Showstack Sassoon (Birkbeck, University of London), and Peter Thomas (member of the editorial board of Historical Materialism).

Entrance: FREE

For further information please contact the organisers at: a.carlucci@rhul.ac.uk mailto:a.carlucci@rhul.ac.uk or igrs@sas.ac.uk mailto:igrs@sas.ac.uk

PROGRAMME:

10.00 am – Coffee and Registration

10.30 am – Introduction

Alessandro Carlucci, ‘Gramsci’s Life and Work: Recent Findings and New Interpretative Trends’

11.00 am – Session I

Chair: Federico Faloppa (University of Reading)

Anne Showstack Sassoon, ‘Gramsci’s Struggle with Language Revisited’

Derek Boothman, ‘Gramsci’s Interest in Language: The Influence of the Dispense di glottologia (1912-13) on the Prison Notebooks’

Craig Brandist, ‘Gramsci’s Politics of Language in the Light of the Soviet Sociological Linguistics of the 1920s and 1930s’

1.00 am – Lunch break

2.00 pm – Session II

Chair: Simone Testa (IGRS, University of London)

Peter Thomas, ‘Hegemony, the Philosophy of Praxis and the Third International’

Fabio Frosini, ‘Reformation, Renaissance and the Rise of the Modern State’

3.20 pm – Tea and biscuits

3.45 pm – Session III

Chair: Anne Showstack Sassoon

Carl Levy, ‘Gramsci and Anarchism’

James Martin, ‘Gramsci and Gobetti: A Case of Elective Affinity?’

Concluding Remarks by the Chair and General Discussion

Refreshments

Update 19th May 2010

Peter D. Thomas talks about Gramsci:

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