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Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy new year! Buon anno! Guten Rutsch! etc.

Happy new year! Buon anno! Guten Rutsch! etc.

Stephen Houlgate, The opening of Hegel’s Logic: From Being to Infinity, Purdue University Press, 2006

Stephen Houlgate, The opening of Hegel’s Logic: From Being to Infinity, Purdue University Press, 2006

Hegel is one of the most important modern philosophers, whose thought influenced the development of existentialism, Marxism, pragmatism, hermeneutics and deconstruction. Yet Hegel's central text, the monumental Science of Logic, still remains for most philosophers (both figuratively and literally) a firmly closed book. The purpose of The Opening of Hegel's Science of Logic is to dispel the myths that surround the Logic and to show that Hegel's unjustly neglected text is a work of extraordinary subtlety and insight. Part One argues that the Logic provides a rigorous derivation of the fundamental categories of thought and contrasts Hegel's approach to the categories with that of Kant. It goes on to examine the historical and linguistic presuppositions of Hegel's self-critical, "presuppositionless" logic and, in the process, considers several significant criticisms of such logic advanced by Schelling, Feuerbach, Gadamer and Kierkegaard. Separate chapters are devoted to the relationship between logic and ontology in Hegel's Logic and to the relationship between the Logic itself and the Phenomenology.Part Two contains the text - in German and English - of the first two chapters of Hegel's Logic, which cover such categories as being, becoming, something, limit, finitude and infinity. Part Three then provides a clear and accessible commentary on these two chapters that both examines Hegel's arguments in detail and relates his insights to those of other philosophers, such as Descartes, Spinoza, Kant, Nietzsche and Levinas. The Opening of Hegel's Science of Logic aims to help students and scholars read Hegel's often formidably difficult text for themselves and discover the wealth of philosophical riches that it contains. It also argues that Hegel's project of a presuppositionless science of logic is one that deserves serious consideration today.

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Gramsci & Hegemony | Peter D Thomas | Counterforum | London | 3 May 2010

The Gramscian Moment Philosophy, Hegemony and Marxism Peter D. Thomas

The Gramscian Moment
Philosophy, Hegemony and Marxism
Peter D. Thomas

Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks are today acknowledged as a classic of the human and social sciences in the twentieth century. The influence of his thought in numerous fields of scholarship is only exceeded by the diverse interpretations and readings to which it has been subjected, resulting in often contradictory 'images of Gramsci'. This book draws on the rich recent season of Gramscian philological studies in order to argue that the true significance of Gramsci's thought consists in its distinctive position in the development of the Marxist tradition. Providing a detailed reconsideration of Gramsci's theory of the state and concept of philosophy, The 'Gramscian moment' argues for the urgent necessity of taking up the challenge of developing a 'philosophy of praxis' as a vital element in the contemporary revitalisation of Marxism.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Marxism and Human Nature

Marxism and Human Nature.  London and New York: Routledge, 1998; paperback edition 2007.
"Sayers's book is an articulate, sophisticated and clear
discussion of human nature as a historical phenomenon. It
is beautifully written and has insights into a rich range of
topics from the role of work in contemporary society to
the ambivalent nature of social progress. Anyone
interested in sociology, politics and philosophy of our
society will find this book thought-provoking and
Professor David McLellan, University of Kent
Is there such a thing as human nature? In Marxism and
Human Nature, Sean Sayers defends the controversial
theory that human nature is in fact an historical
phenomenon. Those who disagree with this theory counter
that it leads to forms of scepticism and relativism which
are at odds with morality; Sayers reveals that this need not
be the case. Drawing on the work of Marx and Hegel, he
develops a historical account of human needs and powers
which provides the basis for a distinctive form of Marxist humanism. According to this
view, human beings are not merely passive individual consumers: they are active, social
and productive beings. The first half of the book explores the essential role work plays in
our lives and how it contributes to our fulfilment. The moral and social implications of
these ideas are analysed in the second half in the context of current work by both analytic
and postmodernist thinkers. Marxism and Human Nature gives an ambitious and wide
ranging defence of the Marxist and Hegelian historical approach. In the process, the book
engages with a wide range of work at the heart of the contemporary debate in social and
moral philosophy. Clearly and engagingly written, Marxism and Human Nature will
illuminate the debate for anyone engaged in politics or philosophy. It will of course be
especially relevant for researchers studying Marx, Hegel or Gorz.

Sean Sayers, Marxist Philosophy in Britain: An Overview

Marxist Philosophy in Britain: An Overview
Sean Sayers


Tuesday, 28 December 2010

N. Merker, Karl Marx, vita e opere, Laterza 2010



N. Merker, Karl Marx, vita e opere, Laterza 2010

Di solito le "psicografie" davano di Marx un quadro in negativo, utile spesso alla tesi che le teorie di un mostro di perversioni non potevano contenere nella di buono. [...]
Con altrettanta cura va evitata quella che per i logici è la fallacia del conseguente, chiamata dai logici antichi il post hoc ergo propter hoc [...]. C'è faccia del conseguente quando quel che in una serie cronologica di fenomeni è un mero antecedente, viene elevato a causa del fenomeno successivo. Dalla fine dell'Ottocento dappprima larghi settori del movimento operaio e sindacale, poi interi sistemi statuali, scrissero il nome di Marx sulle loro bandiere. la fallacia del conseguente consiste nel ritenere che Marx sia perciò la causa di ogni cosa in cui il suo nome si trovò implicato. Quest'abitudine di "falsa conseguenza" si trova sia in chi su quelle bandiere giurava, sia in chi le aborriva. [...]
"Psicografie" e "fallacia del conseguente" hanno in comune la cosiddetta metabasi in altro genere: ovvero, nel discorso, il passaggio, tacito e non dichiarato, da un genere di soggetto a un altro, diverso. Con una confusione cognitiva pari a quella che risulterebbe dall'addizionare patate ed elefanti senza dire che si tratta di oggetti diversi. è sempre uno scambio di contesti. Come le psicografie buttano il vissuto psichico-esistenziale in un unico calderone insieme all'elaborazione razionale delle teorie, così la fallacia del conseguente trasforma il "prima" cronologico in causa categoriale del "dopo". [...] (pp. 10 e ss.)

Monday, 27 December 2010

Re-reading Marx. New Perspectives after the Critical Edition, eds. R. Bellofiore and R. Fineschi, Basigstoke, Palgrave, 2009. Read content and introduction

Re-reading Marx. New Perspectives after the Critical Edition, eds. R. Bellofiore and R. Fineschi, Basigstoke, Palgrave, 2009.
Read content and introduction

David Gray Carlson, A Commentary on Hegel's Science of Logic, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, pp. 700.

David Gray Carlson, A Commentary on Hegel's Science of Logic, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, pp. 700.

This book constitutes a major advancement in the study of Hegelian philosophy by offering the first full commentary on the monumental The Science of Logic, Hegel's principal work which informs every other project Hegel ever undertook. The author has devised a system for diagramming every single logical transition that Hegel makes, many of which have never before been explored in English. This reveals a startling organizational subtlety in Hegel's work which heretofore has gone unnoticed. In the course of charting Hegel's logical progress, the author provides a vigorous defence and thorough explication of unparalleled scale and scope. The book covers the entire range of subjects connected with The Science of Logic such as Being, Essence, Measure, Subjectivity and God, showing how Hegel used logic to make transitions from one category to the next. The book also mediates Hegel's confrontation with Kant, whose Critique of Pure Reason is Hegel's major competition in metaphysical systemization. Any student encountering The Science of Logic, perhaps the most difficult and by far the most rewarding of Hegel's philosophical works, will find in Carlson's book an invaluable companion to their study.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Angelica Nuzzo, Hegel and the Analytic Tradition, Continuum, 2010

Angelica Nuzzo, Hegel and the Analytic Tradition, Continuum, 2010, pp. 224.
Offering one of the first initiatives of reconciliation between the analytic and continental philosophical traditions, this important collection of original essays offers a new perspective on Hegel’s philosophy within the context of some of the themes central to current discussion.
Placing Hegel at the intersection between continental and analytic philosophy, the book presents an indispensible guide to the most current contemporary debates and to an emerging topic within Hegel studies. Analytic philosophy has long been held to consider Hegel its bête noir. Yet in fact Hegel and analytic philosophy converge on some crucial issues, which suggests that, although analytic philosophy initially declared its anti-Hegelianism, it is in fact nourished of Hegelian themes and defended through Hegelian concepts.
The essays in this volume address this apparent paradox, offering ‘analytic’ readings of Hegel, Hegelian readings of the analytic tradition, historical explorations of Hegel’s confrontation with Kant and of the analytic tradition’s debt to Hegel, and new interpretations of Hegelian texts.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Dialectic Appropriations
1. The Point of Hegel's Dissatisfaction with Kant, Joseph Margolis (Temple University, USA)
2. The Necessities of Hegel's Logics, David Kolb (Bates College, USA)
3. Vagueness and Meaning Variance in Hegel's Logic, Angelico Nuzzo (Graduate Center, CUNY, USA)
4. Hegel and Natural Language, John McCumber (UCLA, USA)
5. Hegel Non-Analytic Option, Terry Pinkard (Georgetown University, USA)
6. Unlikely Bedfellows?: Putnam and Hegel on Natural Kind Terms, Katharina Dulckeit (Butler University, USA)
7. Was Hegel Noneist, Allist or Someist?, Franca D'Agostini (Universita' di Parma, Italy)
8. Some Recent Analytic 'Realist' Readings of Hegel, Tom Rockmore (Duquesne University, USA)
9. Hegel, Russell and the Foundations of Philosophy, Kenneth R. Westphal (University of Kent, UK)

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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Intervista con Giovanni Sgro' su alcune pubblicazioni recenti in Germania su Marx (2a parte) 



Intervista con Giovanni Sgro' su alcune recenti pubblicazioni tedesche s...

Recent German publications on Marx - Bibliografia essenziale della ricerca su Marx in Germania a cura di Giovanni Sgro’

Recent German publications on Marx

Bibliografia essenziale della ricerca su Marx in Germania
a cura di Giovanni Sgro’

1. Edizioni di opere singole

Karl Marx, Ökonomisch-philosophische Manuskripte, hrsg. und eingeleitet von Barbara Zehnpfennig, Hamburg, Meiner, 2005, pp. LXXXIX-210 pp.

Karl Marx, Der achtzehnte Brumaire des Louis Bonaparte, hrsg. und mit Kommentar von Hauke Brunkhorst, Frankfurt am Main, Suhrkamp, 2007, 329 pp.

Karl Marx, Ökonomisch-Philosophische Manuskripte, hrsg. und mit Kommentar von Michael Quante, Frankfurt am Main, 2009, 411 pp.

Karl Marx / Friedrich Engels, Das Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei. Kommentierte Studienausgabe, hrsg. von Theo Stammen, Paderborn, Schöningh, UTB, 2009,        219 pp.

Karl Marx. Das Kapital 1.1. Resultate des unmittelbaren Produktionsprozesses. Sechstes Kapitel des ersten Bandes des "Kapitals" (Entwurf), editorische Bearbeitung und Kommentierung von Rolf Hecker und Hildegard Scheibler, Berlin, Karl Dietz, 2009. 175 pp.

Karl Marx, Das Kapital 1.2. Die sogenannte ursprüngliche Akkumulation: vierundzwanzigstes Kapital des ersten Bandes des "Kapitals", editorische Bearbeitung und Kommentierung von Rolf Hecker, Berlin, Karl Dietz, 2009, 127 pp.

Karl Marx, Das Kapital 1.3. Briefe über das Kapital, editorische Bearbeitung und Kommentierung von Rolf Hecker, Berlin, Karl Dietz, 2010, 192 pp.

2. Antologie

Karl-Marx-Lesebuch, hrsg. von Klaus Körner, München, Deutscher Taschenbuchverlag, 2008, 302 pp.

Marx lesen! Die wichtigsten Texte von Karl Marx für das 21. Jahrhundert, hrsg. und kommentiert von Robert Kurz, 3. Aufl., Frankfurt am Main, Eichborn, 2008, 430 pp.

Mit Marx richtig reich werden, hrsg. von Hans-Joachim Neubauer und Christiane Seiler, Freiburg, Herder, 2008, 159 pp.

Lars Hennings, Marx, Engels und die Teilung der Arbeit. Ein einführendes Lesebuch in Gesellschaftstheorie und Geschichte, Berlin, Hennings, 2009, 652 pp.

3. Dizionari

Das Marx-Engels-Lexikon. Begriffe von Abstraktion bis Zirkulation, hrsg. von Konrad Lotter et alii, Köln, 2006, 402 pp.

Karl-Marx-Lexikon: "Abfall" bis "Zusammenbruch", hrsg. von Wal Buchenberg, Berlin, VWF, 2009, 789 pp.

4. Biografie

Wolfgang Wippermann, Der Wiedergänger. Die vier Leben des Karl Marx, Wien, Kremayr & Scheriau, 2008, 220 pp.

Befreien wir sie von den Hirngespinsten. Anekdoten über Karl Marx, hrsg. von Margarete Drachenberg, Berlin, Eulenspiegel-Verlag, 2008, 127 pp.

Klaus Körner, „Wir zwei betreiben ein Compagniegeschäft“: Karl Marx und Friedrich Engels - eine außergwöhnliche Freundschaft, Hamburg, Konkret-Literatur-Verlag, 2009, 176 pp.

Rolf Hosfeld, Die Geister, die er rief. Eine neue Karl-Marx-Biografie, München-Zürich, Piper, 2009, 260 pp.

Rolf Hosfeld, Karl Marx. Eine Biografie, München-Zürich, Piper, 2010, 260 pp.

4. Introduzioni

Rolf Peter Sieferle, Karl Marx zur Einführung, Hamburg, Junius, 2007, 233 pp.

Klaus Körner, Karl Marx, München, Deutscher Taschenbuchverlag, 2008, 189 pp.

Bernd Ternes, Karl Marx. Eine Einführung, Konstanz, UVK-Verlagsgesellschaft, 2008,    299 pp.

Michael Berger, Karl Marx, Paderborn, Fink, 2008, 99 pp.

5. Pensiero filosofico

Karel Markowski, Differenz Marx – Hegel, Potsdam, Trigon-Verlag, Bd. 1, 2008, 322 pp., Bd. 2, 2009, 426 pp., Bd. 3, 2009, 223 pp., Bd. 4, 2010, 287 pp.

Hendrik Wallat, Das Bewusstsein der Krise. Marx, Nietzsche und die Emanzipation des Nichtidentischen in der politischen Theorie, Bielefeld, transcript, 2009, 594 pp.

Hans Heinz Holz, Aufhebung und Verwirklichung der Philosophie. Teil 1. Die Algebra der Revolution: von Hegel zu Marx, Berlin, Aurora-Verlag, 2010, 287 pp.

Helmut Lethen (Hrsg.), Der sich selbst entfremdete und wiedergefundene Marx, München, Paderborn, Fink, 2010, 307 pp.

Denis Mäder, Fortschritt bei Marx, Berlin, Akadamie-Verlag, 2010, 367 pp.

Karl Marx / Friedrich Engels, Die deutsche Ideologie, hrsg. von Harald Bluhm, Berlin, Akademie-Verlag (Klassiker auslegen, 36), 2010, XI-232 pp.

6. Pensiero politico

Sven Ellmers, Die formanalytische Klassentheorie von Karl Marx. Ein Beitrag zur "neuen Marx-Lektüre", Duisburg, Universitätsverlag Rhein-Ruhr, 2007, 128 pp.

Joachim Hirsch (Hrsg.), Der Staat der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft. Zum Staatsverständnis von Karl Marx, Baden-Baden, Nomos, 2008, 223 pp.

Erwin Bader, Staat und Religion bei Karl Marx: Absterben oder Veränderung?, Hamburg, Kovač, 2009, 235 pp.

7. Pensiero economico

Heinz Bude et alii (Hrsg.), Marx. Ein toter Hund? Gesellschaftstheorie reloaded, Hamburg, VSA Verlag, 2010.

Michael Heinrich, Die Wissenschaft vom Wert. Die Marxsche Kritik der politischen Ökonomie zwischen wissenschaftlicher Revolution und klassischer Tradition, Münster, 2006 (4a ediz.), 410 pp. 

Michael Heinrich, Kritik der politischen Ökonomie. Eine Einführung, Stuttgart, Schmetterling-Verlag, 2009 (8a ediz.), 240 pp.

Michael Heinrich, Wie das Marxsche "Kapital" lesen? Leseanleitung und Kommentar zum Anfang des "Kapital" Teil 1, 2., durchges. Aufl., Stuttgart, Schmetterling-Verlag, 2009, 288 pp.

Michael Heinrich et alii (Hrsg.), Kapital & Kritik, nach der "neuen" Marx-Lektüre, Hamburg, VSA, 2010, 320 pp.

Jan Hoff, Kritik der klassischen politischen Ökonomie. Zur Rezeption der werttheoretischen Ansätze ökonomischer Klassiker durch Karl Marx, Köln, Papyrossa, 2004, 134 pp.

Jan Hoff et alii (Hrsg.), Das Kapital neu lesen. Beiträge zur radikalen Philosophie, Münster, Westfälisches Dampfboot, 2006, 369 pp. (Indice: http://media.obvsg.at/AC04467168-1002)

Jan Hoff, Karl Marx und die „ricardianischen Sozialisten“. Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der politischen Ökonomie, der Sozialphilosophie und des Sozialismus, Köln, Papyrossa, 2007, 113 pp.

Jan Hoff, Marx Global. Zur Entwicklung des internationalen Marx-Diskurses seit 1965 [Marx globale. Sullo sviluppo del discorso internazionale su Marx dal 1965 a oggi], Berlin, Akademie Verlag, 2009, 345 pp.

Ingo Elbe, Marx im Westen. Die neue Marx-Lektüre in der Bundesrepublik seit 1965 [Marx nella Germania dell’ovest. La nuova lettura di Marx nella Repubblica federale tedesca dal 1965 ad oggi], Berlin, Akademie Verlag, 2008, 643 pp.

Helmut Reichelt, Neue Marx-Lektüre. Zur Kritik der sozialwissenschaftlichen Logik (La nuova lettura di Marx. Per la critica della logica delle scienze sociali), Hamburg, VSA Verlag, 2008, 477 pp.

Gerhard Stapelfeldt, Das Problem des Anfangs in der Kritik der politischen Ökonomie von Karl Marx. Zum Verhältnis von Arbeitsbegriff und Dialektik, hrsg. von Bastian Bredtmann und Hanno Plass, 2., überarb., aktualisierte und erw. Aufl., Hamburg, Kovač, 2009, 469 pp.

Marcel van der Linden / Karl Heinz Roth (Hg.), Über Marx hinaus. Arbeitsgeschichte und Arbeitsbegriff in der Konfrontation mit den globalen Arbeitsverhältnissen des 21. Jahrhunderts, Berlin-Hamburg, Assoziation A, 2009, 605 pp. (Indice: http://swbplus.bsz-bw.de/bsz311405088inh.htm).

Dieter Wolf, Der dialektische Widerspruch im Kapital. Ein Beitrag zur Marxschen Werttheorie [La contraddizione dialettica nel Capitale. Un contributo alla teoria marxiana del valore], Hamburg, VSA Verlag, 2002.

Dieter Wolf, Kritische Theorie und Kritik der politischen Ökonomie [Teoria critica e critica dell’economia politica], in Id. / Heinz Paragenings, Zur Konfusion des Wertbegriffs [Sulla confusione del concetto di valore], Berlin, Argument Verlag, 2004, pp. 9-190.

Dieter Wolf, Zum Übergang vom Geld ins Kapital in den Grundrissen, im Urtext und im Kapital. Warum ist die „dialektische Form der Darstellung nur richtig, wenn sie ihre Grenzen kennt“? [Sul passaggio dal denaro al capitale nei Grundrisse, nell’Urtext e nel Capitale. Perché la «forma dialettica dell’esposizione è corretta solo se conosce i suoi limiti»?], «Beiträge zur Marx-Engels-Forschung. Neue Folge», 2007, pp. 45-86.

Dieter Wolf, Zur Methode in Marx’ Kapital unter besonderer Berücksichtigung ihres logisch-systematischen Charakters [Sul metodo nel Capitale di Marx, con particolare riguardo al suo carattere logico-sistematico], in Id. / I. Elbe / Tobias Reichardt, Gesellschaftliche Praxis und ihre wissenschaftliche Darstellung [Prassi sociale e sua esposizione scientifica], Berlin, Argument Verlag, 2008, pp. 7-187.

Dieter Wolf, Zum Systemcharakter der ökonomisch-gesellschaftlichen Verhältnisse, zu den methodisch bedeutsamen Abstraktionen und zur Methode des „Aufsteigens vom Abstrakten zum Konkreten“ [Sul carattere sistemico dei rapporti economico-sociali, sulle astrazioni metodologicamente significative e sul metodo del «salire dall’astratto al concreto»], «Beiträge zur Marx-Engels-Forschung. Neue Folge», 2009, pp. 61-98.

8. Marx & Co.

Gesellschaftstheorie nach Marx und Foucault, «Prokla. Zeitschrift für kritische Sozialwissenschaft», 38. (2008), Heft 151, pp. 175-344.

Lars Niggemeyer, Gesellschaft und Freiheit bei Hannah Arendt. Ein Vergleich mit Karl Marx, Köln, PapyRossa Verlag, 2008, 111 pp.

Hanno Pahl, Das Geld in der modernen Wirtschaft. Marx und Luhmann im Vergleich, Frankfurt am Main, Campus-Verlag, 2008, 358 pp.

Thomas Geisen, Arbeit und Subjektwerdung in der Moderne. Ein dialogue imaginaire zwischen Karl Marx und Hannah Arendt, VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2010, 500 pp.

Hanna Meissner, Jenseits des autonomen Subjekts. Zur gesellschaftlichen Konstitution von Handlungsfähigkeit im Anschluss an Butler, Foucault und Marx, Bielefeld, Transcript, 2010, 303 pp.