G.A. Cohen’s "Karl Marx’s Theory of History: A Defence" 40 Years On


25. und 26. Oktober 2018

Gebäude „Normative Ordnungen“, EG 01
Max-Horkheimer-Str. 2
Campus Westend

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This conference will revisit G.A. Cohen’s Karl Marx’s Theory of History: A Defence on the occasion of its 40th year. It is organized by Prof. Darrel Moellendorf (Frankfurt) and Prof. Nicholas Vrousalis (Leiden) and hosted and supported by the Excellence Cluster Normative Orders at Goethe University Frankfurt.

KMTH combines analytic rigor with a commitment to understanding the dynamic of historical transition from one social form to another. It was the founding book of a philosophical current that came to be called “Analytic Marxism,” and which brought Marxist theory to the discipline of analytic philosophy. The current was influential across left-leaning Economics, Philosophy and Political Science for more than two decades, from the early 1980s to the early 2000s.

The conference will offer an opportunity for critical reflection on KMTH’s arguments, import, and legacy. It will also engage critically with the moment that was analytical Marxism. Our hope is that critical engagement with KMTH will serve to further develop analytic critical social theory.


October 25th,  2018

9.45 – 10.45
Philippe Van Parijs
‘All Souls College Oxford, Michaelmas Term 1978’

11.00 – 12.00
Chris Bertram
‘Cohen on growth, rationality, and capitalism’

12.15– 13.15
Erica Benner
‘Did Marx neglect a human need for identity? Cohen's 'Reconsidering Historical Materialism' reconsidered’

13.15 – 15.00 

15.00 – 16.00    
Roberto Veneziani

16.15 – 17.15    
John Roemer
‘How can the socialist economy be decentralized, if not relying upon greed and fear?’

17.30 – 18.30    
Annabelle Lever
‘Analytic critical theory or theories’

Buffet dinner — for all participants (5th  floor)

October 26, 2018

10.00 – 11.00    
Darrel Moellendorf
‘Hope and the Development Thesis’

11.15 – 12.15    
AJ Julius
‘Form, Fetter, Fetish’

12.30 – 14.15  

14.15 – 15.15   
Nicholas Vrousalis
‘Cohen’s critical theory’

15.30 – 16.30   
Jonathan Wolff
‘Cohen on functional prediction’

16.45 – 17.45   
Panel discussion with Rainer Forst, Darrel Moellendorf, Nicholas Vrousalis

Reception — for all participants (Ground floor)

Dinner (speakers only)


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