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Karl Marx in 2020 (online)

October 29 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

The three panelists, among the most productive and influential faculty at UMaine, maintain that the insights, methodology, theoretical framework, and interpretations formulated by Karl Marx, when creatively formulated and applied, are more essential and significant for understanding our world of 2020 than during his lifetime. How does Marx help us to understand conflict-based theories of change? How does commodity fetishism mask the true social, economic, and environmental cost of goods and why is it unsustainable? How can an updating of Marx’s social vision inform a defense of worker-managed market socialism? How can Marx’s vision of the transition from “each according to work” to “each according to need” inform recent work on universal basic income? How can Marx’s historical and dialectical approach provide the most insightful analysis of class relations, exploitation, oppression, corporate domination, globalization, and imperialism? How does Marx allow us to understand alienation and meaninglessness today, and how we can express social and moral development and unalienated human flourishing?

Cindy Isenhour, Associate Professor, Dept. of Anthropology and Climate Change Institute

Michael Howard, Professor of Philosophy

Doug Allen, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy

This event is part of the Fall 2020 Socialist and Marxist Studies series.

Zoom link for all Fall programs.


October 29
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
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