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7 Books, or a Benjamin-ian romp through the library

Walter Benjamin’s “Theses on the Philosophy of History” remain one of the lynchpins of my understanding of the relationship between the world of spirit and the world of historical reality. 1,123 more words

Rethinking Old Ideas

Historical Materialism 2014: Marxist-feminist challenges to neoliberalism

Lois JC reports on the session entitled “Marxist-feminist challenges to neoliberalism” that took place at the London Historical Materialism 2014 conference earlier this month, with Hester Eisenstein, Estelle Cooch and Catherine Rottenberg. 1,196 more words


Marx and the Young Hegelians

Georg Hegel (1770-1731) dominated German philosophy during his lifetime and for a couple of decades after his death. Especially influential was his philosophy of history; according to Hegel human history moves in a particular direction according to a pattern that the philosopher can discerned. 438 more words


Scientific Revolution: Marxism Beyond Social Criticism

Labouring over papers and articles makes me restless at times. It’s not just a matter of extended physical inactivity that does it, though that can certainly be unhealthy. 1,097 more words


Utopia LTD. By Matthew Beaumont (Short Review)

Utopia novels are an interesting breed. While in contemporary societies we are perhaps more accustomed to utopian movies, back in the day utopian novels were as popular as dystopian fiction is today. 233 more words

Media Reviews

Historical Materialism 2014: Getting somewhere better?

The winners of the 2013 Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Prize, Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch, gave their award lecture on 7 November, as part of the Historical Materialism conference. 980 more words