Marx 2.0 - A Symposium
When:   22 Feb 2018, 9:30am - 6pm
23 Feb 2018, 9:30am - 5:45pm
Venue:  Room G3, Morven Brown Building, UNSW Kensington Campus
Who:    School of Humanities & Languages

200 years after his birth Karl Marx is again the object of intensive engagement 
among scholars, theorists and activists. Since the last major wave of 
Marx-reception, after the end of the last cold war and the fall of state 
sponsored Marxist-Leninist orthodoxy, many things have changed. Marx’s name is 
no-more immediately associated with one side of a confrontation between two 
world-powers both seeking global domination, a situation in which strategic 
considerations often crowded out meticulous thought. Also, despite Marx’s own 
self-understanding he is nowadays increasingly read as a social and political 
philosopher, even if certainly of a very critical kind. The younger generations 
now read Marx with fresh eyes untainted by the bitterness of those engaged in 
bygone battles, and the latter (on both sides) have a chance for a new 
reception of and critical reflection on the theory and philosophy of Karl Marx, 
its influences, its problems, and its contemporary relevance. ‘Marx 2.0’ brings 
together philosophers and political theorists from Germany, United States, 
Canada and Australia, and presents a range of contemporary approaches to Marx’s 
work and to thinkers closely related to it.

Thursday, February 22

9.30 Welcome

9.45-11.00 Michael Quante (University of Muenster): Positive liberty as 
realizing the essence of man

11.00-12.15 Douglas Moggach (University of Ottawa): Marx as Post-Kantian 
Perfectionist? Reconsidering Left-Hegelian Debates

12.15-1.45 Lunch

1.45-3 Thomas Gutmann (University of Muenster): Marx, Alienation, Individual 

3-4.15 Heikki Ikäheimo (UNSW Sydney): Rehabilitating Species Essence

4.15-4.45 Coffee

4.45-6.00 Charles Barbour (Western Sydney University): The Young Republican: 
Marx Before Communism

Friday, February 23

9.00-10.15 Samuel Chambers (Johns Hopkins): As The Hart Pants…; Or, Money is 
Not a Commodity: Marx’s Unorthodox Account of Money, and Why it Matters

10.15-11.45 Carleton Christensen (Australian National University): Abstractly 
Human Labour and the Reduction to Concrete Labour

11.45-1.00 Lunch

1.00-2.15 Andy Blunden (Independent, Melbourne): Capital and the Ur-praxis of 
the fight for socialism

2.15-3.30 Robyn Ferrell (Australian National University): Free world (a lyric 

3.30-4.00 Coffee

4.00-5.15 Jean-Philippe Deranty (Macquarie University): Marx in the age of 

5.15-6.30 Thomas Meyer (University of Muenster): Was Engels the first causal 

Free admission, but due to limited seating please email the organizer if you 
would like to attend:

Heikki Ikäheimo, UNSW Sydney,<>


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Note also a masterclass ’How (not) to read Marx’ by Samuel Chambers, February 
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