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The Budapest School

Beyond Marxism

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J.F. Dorahy

The Budapest School: Beyond Marxism represents the first systematic and comprehensive study of the post-Marxist writings of the Budapest School to be published in English. The School itself has long been known in English-speaking circles for its neo-Marxist critique of the now-defunct Soviet system. The Budapest School: Beyond Marxism enriches this understanding by situating the confrontation with ‘actually existing socialism’ as but one moment, however formative, within a much richer and much more theoretically relevant philosophical itinerary. From the early critique of alienation through to the contemporary critical theories of modernity, The Budapest School: Beyond Marxism charts the evolution of the School’s thinking with a specific emphasis on the themes of culture, critique, history and the contingency of modern subjectivity.

Biological Time, Historical Time

Transfers and Transformations in 19th Century Literature

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Edited by Niklas Bender and Gisèle Séginger

Biological Time, Historical Time presents a new approach to 19th century thought and literature: by focussing on the subject of time, it offers a new perspective on the exchanges between French and German literary texts on the one hand and scientific disciplines on the other. Hence, the rivalling influences of the historical sciences and of the life sciences on literary texts are explored, texts from various scientific domains – medicine, natural history, biology, history, and multiple forms of vulgarisation – are investigated. Literary texts are analysed in their participation in and transformation of the scientific imagination. Special attention is accorded to the temporal dimension: this allows for an innovative account of key concepts of 19th century culture.

Intelligent Materialism

Essays on Hegel and Dialectics

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Evald Ilyenkov

Edited by Evgeni Pavlov

Evald Ilyenkov is a unique figure among the many interesting (and many dull) Soviet thinkers that have recently been introduced to English-speaking readers. Although a thoroughly academic philosopher (both in the choice of his subject matter and in his institutional locations), Ilyenkov’s ideas are presented in a manner that one does not often find among academics. Texts selected for this collection are not the only texts dedicated to Hegel and dialectics but they are representative of Ilyenkov’s main themes and interests. It is hoped that this collection will continue to draw interest to the Soviet engagement with Hegel and dialectics.

The Jewish Question

History of a Marxist Debate

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Enzo Traverso

In The Jewish Question: History of a Marxist Debate, Enzo Traverso explores the causes and the forms of the encounter that took place, from the middle of the nineteenth century to the Holocaust, between the intelligentsia of a cosmopolitan minority and the most radical ideological current of Western modernity. From Karl Marx to the Frankfurt School, the 'Jewish Question' — to a set of problems related to emancipation and anti-Semitism, cultural assimilation and Zionism — raised significant controversies within Marxist theory. Enzo Traverso carefully reconstructs this intellectual debate that runs over more than a century, pointing out both its achievements and its blind alleys.

This is the second edition, completely rewritten and updated, of a book already translated into many languages (originally published in French, then translated into English, German, Spanish, Japanese, and Turkish).

Marx on Capitalism

The Interaction-Recognition-Antinomy Thesis

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James Furner

In Marx on Capitalism, James Furner offers a new answer to the fundamental question of Marxism: can a thesis connecting capital, the state and classes with the desirability of socialism be developed from an analysis of the commodity? The Interaction-Recognition-Antinomy Thesis is anchored in a systematic retranslation of Marx’s writings. It provides an antinomy-based strategy for grounding the value of social humanity in working-class agency, facilitates a dialectical derivation of political representation, and condemns capitalism as unjust without appeal to rights.

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Raya Dunayevskaya

Edited by Franklin Dmitryev

Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution in Permanence for Our Day, a selection of writings by the Marxist-Humanist philosopher and revolutionary Raya Dunayevskaya, brings out the contemporary urgency of Marx’s work as a philosophy of revolution in permanence. That dialectic permeates the totality of Marx’s body of ideas and activities. Major themes include Marx’s transformation of the Hegelian dialectic; the inseparability of Marx’s economics, humanism, and dialectic; the battle of ideas with post-Marx Marxism, beginning with Engels; Black liberation, internationalism, and women’s liberation; today’s burning question of the relationship between spontaneity, organization, and philosophy; the emergence of counter-revolution from within the revolution; and the problem of what happens after the revolution.

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Edited by Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes

This anthology of original essays reflects on the future of Jewish philosophy in light of the Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers (Brill, 2013-2018). The volume assesses the strengths of Jewish philosophy, explores the place of Jewish philosophy within the Western academy as a critique of and contribution to the discipline of philosophy, and showcases the relevance of Jewish philosophy to contemporary Jewish culture. The volume argues that Jewish philosophy is more vibrant, diverse, and culturally significant than its public image implies. Special attention is paid to the interdisciplinary nature of Jewish philosophy, the institutional settings for generating Jewish philosophy, and the contribution of philosophizing to contemporary Jewish self-understanding.

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Hans Wagner

Edited by Stephan Nachtsheim

Hans Wagner hat sich seit seiner Dissertation (1947) immer wieder mit den Klassikern der Philosophiegeschichte auseinandergesetzt. Stets geschah dies im Zusammenhang mit den eigenen transzendentalphilosophisch-systematischen Problemstellungen. Das gilt auch für die hier versammelten Aufsätze.

Sie widmen sich vornehmlich der Philosophie der Antike, insbesondere der Lehre Platons und Aristoteles‘. Ferner enthält der Band Die Aesthetik der Tragödie von Aristoteles bis Schiller (1986). Im Wechselbezug systematischer und philosophiehistorischer Arbeit und in souveräner Beherrschung des notwendigen philologischen Instrumentariums sind in präzisen mitphilosophierenden Analysen erhellende Studien entstanden. Wagner trägt damit auch zur Lösung umstrittener Text- und Übersetzungsfragen bei.

Selfhood and Appearing

The Intertwining

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James Mensch

What is the relation between our selfhood and appearing? Our embodiment positions us in the world, situating us as an object among its visible objects. Yet, by opening and shutting our eyes, we can make the visible world appear and disappear—a fact that convinces us that the world is in us. Thus, we have to assert with Merleau-Ponty that we are in the world that is in us: the two are intertwined. Author James Mensch employs the insights of Jan Patočka’s asubjective phenomenology to understand this double relationship of being-in. In this volume, he shows how this relation constitutes the reality of our selfhood, shaping our social and political interactions as well as the violence that constantly threatens to undermine them.

Der unversöhnte Marx

Die Welt in Aufruhr

Michael Quante

„Die Philosophen haben die Welt nur verschieden interpretiert,es kömmt drauf an,sie zu verändern.“ Karl Marx Die Welt ist in Aufruhr. Religionskonflikte, Kämpfe um Ressourcen, Kriege und Hungersnöte vertreiben die Menschen aus ihren Heimatländern. Die Flüchtlingsströme haben Europa erreicht und die bisher in die Dritte Welt ausgelagerten Probleme ins Herz der alten Welt getragen. Der internationale Finanzsektor ist nach wie vor Schauplatz eines politisch unkontrollierten Neoliberalismus. Der Kapitalismus zeigt derzeit an vielen Orten der Welt ungeschminkt sein hässliches Gesicht. Die Zeit für durchgreifende Veränderungen ist gekommen. Karl Marx stand der kapitalistischen Gesellschaft seiner Zeit unversöhnlich gegenüber. Die aktuellen kritischen Potentiale seines Denkens gilt es heute zu erschließen: Die Ideologie der Sachzwänge, von Marx in ihrer internen Logik entschlüsselt, beherrscht das Denken und ist zum Mantra der Wohlhabenden geworden. Fremdenfeindliche und revanchistische Denkfiguren haben sich an die Stelle von kritischem Bewusstsein, Bildung und Solidarität gesetzt. Angesichts dieser Herausforderungen erscheint das Denken von Karl Marx aktueller denn je. Es ist an der Zeit, sich wieder mit der Marxschen Kritik des Kapitalismus, und damit mit seiner Kritik an unserer Gegenwart, auseinanderzusetzen.