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Marx and Emancipatory Political Theory

Sat, March 20, 2021 @ 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

$7.00 – $11.00


presentations and discussion with authors

George Comninel, August Nimtz and Igor Shoikhedbrod

The Marx renaissance is underway on a global scale. Wherever the critique of capitalism re-emerges, there is an intellectual and political demand for new, critical engagements with Marxism. MARX, ENGELS, AND MARXISMS (edited by Marcello Musto & Terrell Carver, with Babak Amini, Francesca Antonini, Paula Rauhala & Kohei Saito as Assistant Editors) is a peer-reviewed series. It is broad — comprised of monographs, edited volumes, critical editions, reprints of old texts, as well as translations of books already published in other languages. These volumes come from a wide range of political perspectives, subject matters, academic disciplines and geographical areas, producing an eclectic and informative collection that appeals to a diverse and international audience. Main areas of focus include: the oeuvre of Marx and Engels, Marxist authors and traditions of the 19th and 20th centuries, labor and social movements, Marxist analyses of contemporary issues, and the reception of Marxism in the world.

for information on the entire series: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/series/14812

George Comninel’s Alienation and Emancipation in the Work of Karl Marx considers Marx’s ideas in relation to the social and political context in which he lived and wrote. It emphasizes both the continuity of his commitment to the cause of full human emancipation, and the role of his critique of political economy in conceiving history to be the history of class struggles.

In Marxism versus Liberalism, August Nimtz presents a comparative real-time political analysis,  providing convincing evidence to sustain two similarly audacious claims: firstly, that Karl Marx and Frederick Engels collectively had better democratic credentials than Alexis de Tocqueville and John Stuart Mill; and secondly, that Vladimir Lenin had better democratic credentials than Max Weber and Woodrow Wilson.

In Revisiting Marx’s Critique of Liberalism, Igor Shoikhedbrod offers a theoretical reconstruction of Karl Marx’s new materialist understanding of justice, legality, and rights through the vantage point of his widely invoked but generally misunderstood critique of liberalism. The book begins by reconstructing Marx’s conception of justice and rights through close textual interpretation and extrapolation. A central thesis of the book is that Marx regards justice as an essential feature of any society, including the emancipated society of the future.

GEORGE COMNINEL is Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Politics at York University, Canada. He is also the author of Rethinking the French Revolution: Marxism and the Revisionist Challenge (1987).

AUGUST NIMTZ is Professor is Professor of Political Science and African American and African Studies and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota, USA. He is also the author of Marx, Tocqueville, and Race in America: The ‘Absolute Democracy’ or ‘Defiled Republic’ (2003).

IGOR SHOIKHEDBROD received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto, Canada. He is currently adjunct professor in the Ethics, Society & Law Program at Trinity College in the University of Toronto.


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