Radical Historicism or Rules of Reproduction? New Debates in Political Marxism

An Introduction to the Symposium on Knafo and Teschke

In: Historical Materialism
Maïa Pal Senior Lecturer in International Relations, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University Oxford UK

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This introduction presents the symposium on Sam Knafo and Benno Teschke’s article in Historical Materialism, ‘Political Marxism and the Rules of Reproduction of Capitalism: A Historicist Critique’ (2021). It briefly summarises the foundations of Political Marxism, discusses the broader implications of the debate raised by Knafo and Teschke for questions of collective knowledge-production and methods in Marxist historiography, and outlines the seven contributions of the symposium. The introduction concludes by tracing, through the evolution of debates in Political Marxism and the contributions of its protagonists, some of the lineages of Marxist historiography as well as of the history of this journal.

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