IIRE  - CLIMATE CHANGE SEMINAR  22 to 26 of February

Progressive movements faced with climate change: the need for an energy revolution and social transformation.

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Dialectics as a method of social research

Seminar given at the IIRE, Amsterdam, on 15 January 2008

Guglielmo Carchedi

 
Part I. A general introduction.

 

As well known, Marx did not explicitly write a work on dialectics. Nevertheless, he thought it would be possible to make intelligible to people with ordinary intelligence in a few pages what is rational in the method “which Hegel discovered and at the same time mystified”. In spite of Marx’s warning that Hegel mystified dialectics, traditionally, commentators have tried to force Marx into conformity with Hegel. I will depart from this tradition and will submit a notion of dialectics as a method of social research, a method focused exclusively on social reality. This method is extracted from Marx’s own work rather than from Hegel’s work. I argue that it is internally consistent with Marx’s theory and therefore capable of further developing that theory in order to account for capitalism’s new features.


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Saturday’s Gramsci conference in Amsterdam turned out to be a big success, both in terms of participation and discussions.

 

With 120 registration, much more than expected, the organisers were forced to turn down people who wanted to participate.

 

On Saturday the IIRE hosted, in corporation with the Italian Cultural Institute in Amsterdam, a one-day seminar on the legacy and relevance of Gramsci’s thought today.

 
The composition of the audience was very various: students, academics, workers and a good gender balance. There were also many young people, mainly students, who came in order to understand the revolutionary thought of Antonio Gramsci. The participant came form different backgrounds, and people even took the trip from Turkey, Germany and Belgium to attend the conference.

 

A Difficult Love Affair? On the Relation Between Marxism and Theology

Roland Boer

October 2007

Abstract: From the moment Marx and Engels became involved with the League of the Just, Marxism has always had a long and often difficult relation with theology and the Bible. Some of the leading figures of the twentieth century were no exception - Althusser, Adorno, Gramsci, Lefebvre, Eagleton are just a few. And in our own day we have the rush of engagements with Paul's Letters in the New Testament by thinkers on the Left. In light of my recent book, Criticism of Heaven: On Marxism and Theology, as well as the next book, Criticism of Religion, I ask why Marxism and theology seem to be so close, why they argue so much, and what it means for both of them. Does it weaken them or are they stronger for the connection?