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Michael Löwy

Michael Löwy

Emerit Research Director in Sociology at the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), Paris, since 1978. Silver Medal of the CNRS as the best social scientist in 1994. Guest Lecturer at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, since 1981.

Michael Löwy, born in Brazil from Jewish/Viennese parents at May 6, 1938, is an anthropologist, lawyer, mediator, and activist, he has written widely on political philosophy and intellectual history.

Has studied licence in Social Sciences, University of S.Paulo, Brazil, 1960 First Doctorate (3ème cycle), Sorbonne, 1964 and PhD (thèse d’Etat), Sorbonne, 1975.



Guest lecturer at the Universities of California (LA), Stanford, Michigan (Ann Arbor), Portland, Harvard, Rio de Janeiro, Sâo Paulo, Campinas, Buenos Aires, etc.

Selected publications :

  • Georg Lukacs : From Romanticism to Bolchevism, Londo, Verso, 1981. Also in French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish and Portuguese.
  • Redemption and Utopia. Libertarian Judaism in Central Europe, Stanford University Press, 1992. Also in French, Italian, Swedish, German, and Portuguese.
  • Marxism in Latin America from 1909 to the Present, New Jersey, Humanities Press, 1992. Also in Spanish and Portuguese.
  • On Changing the World. Essays in political philosophy, from Karl Marx to Walter Benjamin, New Jersey, Humanities Press, 1993.
  • The war of gods. Religion and Politics in Latin America, London, Verso, 1996. Also in Spanish, Portuguese and French.
  • Fatherland or Mother Earth ? Essays on the national question, London, Pluto Press, 1998. Also in Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Romanticism against the Tide of Modernity (with Robert Sayre), Durham, Duke University Press, 2001. Also in French, Greek and Portuguese.
  • Fire Alarm. Reading Walter Benjamin’s ’On the Concept of History ’, London, Verso, 2005. Also in French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek.
  • The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx, Chicago, Haymarket, 2005. Also in French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Japanese.

Until now Michael have published seventeen books, two thematic anthologies and hundred and fourty nine articles, which have been translated into twenty five languages.

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