Gespräch What Are We in the Eyes of Marx?

What Are We in the Eyes of Marx? © Karim Farah

Fr, 07.12.2018

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What Are We in the Eyes of Marx?

Gespräch zwischen Michael Heinrich und Frank Ruda

May 5th 2018 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx. Therefore, Goethe-Institut Libanon, together with Beirut Institute for Critical Analysis and Research (BICAR) and Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation, invites you to a conversation about Marx between Michael Heinrich (Philosopher, DE) and Frank Ruda (Philosopher DE/GR).

What are we in the eyes of Marx? is the first conversation of a joint event series continuing in 2019.   

Michael Heinrich received the doctoral degree from the Department of Political Science of the Free University of Berlin. He taught economics for many years at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin and was managing editor of PROKLA: Journal for Critical Social Science. He has written in depth on Marx’s critique of political economy in his book, The Science of Value. His An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital is probably the most popular introduction to Marx’s economic works in Germany. His work focuses on Marx´s theory and the history of the formation of economic theories. In 2018, Heinrich's first volume of a three-part Marx biography was published (Karl Marx und die Geburt der modernen Gesellschaft: Biographie und Werkentwicklung. Band 1: 1818–184), depicting Marx's life in relation to his work's development.

Frank Ruda received his doctoral degree from University of Potsdam and his post-doctoral degree from the Free University in Berlin. He was an interim professor for the philosophy of audiovisual media at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, a visiting professor at the institute of philosophy at the Slovenian Scientific Research Center in Ljubljana and an interim professor for social philosophy at Goethe University Frankfurt. Since spring 2018 he has been a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Dundee. He is also member of the board of the German Society for Aesthetics, member of the editorial board of Insolubilia (book series), and co-editor in chief of the journal Crisis and Critique. He is the author of Hegel’s Rabble: An Investigation into Hegel’s Philosophy of Right and For Badiou: Idealism without Idealism and Abolishing Freedom: A Plea for a Contemporary Use of Fatalism. He is co-author of Reading Marx with Agon Hamza and Slavoj Žižek in which they radically reinterpret Marxism explaining the failures of neoliberalism and laying the foundations for a new emancipatory politics.

The conversation will be chaired by Ray Brassier, member of the philosophy faculty at the American University of Beirut, known for his work in philosophical realism and member of Bicar.

About Bicar
Established in 2015, the Beirut Institute for Critical Analysis and Research (BICAR) aims to promote critical thought and analysis with a special focus on studying manifestations of modernity in Lebanon and the Middle East. BICAR provides a platform for researchers, academics, artists, writers, students, and interested members of the public to engage with social, cultural, and political developments, and is committed to the relationships between intellectual inquiry, social reality, and social change.

An event series organized by BICAR, Rosa-Luxemburg Foundation and Goethe-Institut Libanon