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The Ambivalence of Western Marxism: a Philosophical Overview

Calendar Wednesday, 5 May 2021
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A webinar with Professor Giorgio Cesarale (Ca' Foscari University of Venezia, Italy), run by the Global language-based area studies research theme under the School-wide Cultures of Crisis research theme.

What does “Western Marxism” mean? Does it stand for that position which, in the era of Stalinist counter-revolution, deserted the field of economic analysis and political intervention to take refuge in the self-referential practice of philosophical reflection? Or does it capture that theoretical and political stance which extended the critique of commodity fetishism to society’s entire set of reproductive and representative operations? If the latter is true, what are the implications of Western Marxism for today's philosophical thinking?

Giorgio Cesarale is Associate Professor of Political Philosophy at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. He serves as a member of the editorial board of "Micromega" and as a corresponding editor for "Historical Materialism". His major publications include: A sinistra. Il pensiero critico dopo il 1989 (Laterza, Roma 2019), Filosofia e capitalismo. Hegel, Marx e le teorie contemporanee (Manifestolibri, Rome 2012), Hegel nella filosofia pratico-politica anglosassone dal secondo dopoguerra ai giorni nostri (Mimesis, Milan 2011), La mediazione che sparisce. La società civile in Hegel (Carocci, Rome 2009). He edited (with Mario Pianta) Giovanni Arrighi’s Capitalismo e dis(ordine) mondiale (Manifestolibri, Rome 2010).

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