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Karl Marx and the Birth of Modern Society

Tue, March 26 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Free – $12.00
A video of this March 26, 2024, event is available on the MEP’s YouTube channel.

Michael Heinrich presents his biography-in-progress of Karl Marx, which has already gained glowing reviews from Marxist scholars the world over. In the first volume published in English by Monthly Review Press, Karl Marx and the Birth of Modern Society, Heinrich deals extensively with Marx’s youth and his studies in Bonn and Berlin. It also examines the function of poetry in Marx’s intellectual development and his first encounter with Hegelian philosophy and the so-called “young Hegelians.” The volume begins a multidimensional look at Karl Marx and aims to include what most biographies have reduced to mere background: the contemporary conflicts, struggles, and disputes that engaged Marx at the time of his writings, alongside his complex relationships with a varied assortment of friends and opponents.

“A masterful work by one of the leading Marx scholars of his generation. Simply wonderful—analytical depth, critical knowledge, clarity of comprehension and presentation, grasp of theoretical and historical contexts, combine to create a most insightful Marx biography that will be an indispensable and lasting resource that scholars and researchers, activists and critics alike, should—and will—return to frequently.” —Werner Bonefeld, University of York, UK; author, Critical Theory and the Critique of Political Economy

Marx has found his perfect biographer…. Heinrich’s attitude is the same as that of Marx: DOUBT EVERYTHING, even Marx himself. Only through this critical perspective Marx’s ambiguities and contradictions can be revealed, and his greatness and legacy be reclaimed. —Riccardo Bellofiore, University of Bergamo, Italy; author, In Marx’s Laboratory: Critical Interpretations of the Grundrisse

Michael Heinrich teaches economics in Berlin and is managing editor of PROKLA: Journal for Critical Social Science. He is the author of The Science of Value: Marx’s Critique of Political Economy between Scientific Revolution and Classical Tradition, and editor, with Werner Bonefeld, of Capital and Critique: After the “New Reading” of Marx.


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