Philosophy Circle: Decoding “Marx(ism)” at T2F


“If anything is certain, it is that I myself am not a Marxist.”
Join them for the next session of Philosophy Circle at The Second Floor on Friday, 13th March!

Speakers:
Muhammad Haris
Mohammad Moeini-Feizabadi

About the Event:

Comrades in dialogue, a philosopher and a political economist present interpretation and analysis of Marx’s famous assertion, also translated from the original French as “all I know is that I am not a Marxist”. The speakers’ argue that understanding the line involves interrogation of Marx analysis and the nature of his intellectual activity and production. They ask, what is there in Marx’s writings: science, knowledge, prescriptive ethics, definitions, a doctrine, a philosophy, or, something that goes beyond all of this? With this question in mind, the speakers create focus on eight pages of text in Marx’s Grundrisse, a section in the book’s introductory chapter, titled the method of political economy, which is a required reading for this session. Examining the text as a model of Marx’s theoretical production, the speakers articulate processes at play in the text: comparative hermeneutics; the adoption and transformation of Hegel’s dialectic; conceptual genealogy; and concept creation. After having clarified Marx’s insights on these processes of thought and analysis constituting his intellectual framework and discourse, specifically in relation to the text selection from Grundrisse, the speakers reference other writings of Marx, and end the session by returning to the initial question, how can Marx not be a Marxist?

About the Speakers:

Muhammad Haris:
Muhammad Haris teaches Philosophy and directs the Comparative Liberal Studies Program at Habib University. He studied at Texas A&M University, earning his PhD in 2008, followed by teaching appointments at universities in the United States and the Middle East. He is currently in the fifth year of his academic appointment at Habib, and the courses he teaches regularly include, “Logic”, “What is Philosophy?”, “Philosophy in the Anthropocene”, “Science, Technology, Society”, and, “The Philosophy of Marx”, which he co-teaches with Mohammad Moeini-Feizabadi.

Mohammad R. Moeini-Feizabadi:
Mohammad R. Moeini-Feizabadi studied economics and political economy at the University of Tehran in late 1980s and early 1990s, and later in early 2000s in the United States at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has worked as a journalist, researcher, and university instructor in Iran, in the United States, and since August 2017 in Pakistan at Habib University, where he co-teaches a course on the Philosophy of Marx with Dr. Muhammad Haris.

Date: Friday, 13th March 2020
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Venue: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry Fee: Rs. 100/-
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/502284844056240/

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