Why Does Karl Marx Matter?

Tuesday, 10 December 2013, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, IWM library

The purpose of this lecture is to take Karl Marx seriously as a philosopher and social critic, inquire about Marxist traditions that have been lost (and found), consider with the distance of two decades the question of the Marxist character of the Soviet Union and its satellites, and to argue that the Marxist tradition is far more present in contemporary discourse and politics than we imagine.  If Marx is indeed still with us, then we have little choice but to consider which Marx and why, and then to ask whether attention to the original philosophy might help us evaluate the legacy.

Timothy Snyder, Bird White Housum Professor of History, Yale University; IWM Permanent Fellow