Moishe Postone: Capitalism, Temporality, and the Crisis of Labor

First of all I was happy to be there. The lecture of Postone had a very good flow and it was very helpful for me and other dear fellows that we are currently debating on those issues here in Berlin. In times that mess of post structuralism is rising, it time to re-read and re-think Marx against the limitations of “anti descrimination” and identity politics.

The current crisis has laid bare the contradictory and shaky character of contemporary capitalism. Yet the essentially inchoate responses to the crisis have dramatically revealed the absence of a robust conceptualization of post-capitalist society and, by implication, of a robust critique of capital. One result has been the continued hegemony of neoliberal discourses and policies. Moishe Postone seeks to fundamentally rethink the core categories of Marx’s critique of political economy in the fall 2015 Ellen Maria Gorrissen lecture. He argues that Marx’s mature critique of political economy, as elaborated in the Grundrisse and Kapital, provides the basis for a different critical theory of modernity with contemporary significance.

 

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