Conference: The Legacy of Alfred Sohn-Rethel 

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Type: 
Conference
Date: 
May 13, 2021
Location: 
United States
Subject Fields: 
Sociology, Political Science, Philosophy, Labor History / Studies, German History / Studies

The Legacy of Alfred Sohn-Rethel 

An International Conference, May 13-14, 2021 

Register to attend on zoom. Find information online. Direct any questions to chicago.sohn.rethel@gmail.com

 

Day One: Thursday, May 13 

The Social Origins of Conceptual Form: Sohn-Rethel and Philosophy 

 

10:00-10:15 CST 

Opening Statements 

 

10:15-11:00 CST 

“Introduction to the Philosophical Thought of Sohn-Rethel: A Materialist Sociology of Knowledge?” 

  • Oliver Schlaudt – Substitute Professor of Epistemology, University College Freiburg; Adjunct Professor, SciencePo Paris (Campus Nancy); co-editor of Sohn-Rethel’s collected works (Schriften, ça ira)   

 

11:00-11:45 CST 

“Transcendental Materialism: Kant, Marx, Sohn-Rethel” 

  • Jake McNulty – Bersoff Faculty Fellow, Department of Philosophy, New York University  

 

11:45-12:15 CST 

Break 

 

12:15-1:00 CST 

“‘Who baptized Marx, Kant or Hegel?’ A Reply to Sohn-Rethel” 

  • Mladen Dolar –  Professor and Senior Researcher, Department of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana; Professor of Philosophy, European Graduate School; author of A Voice and Nothing More (2006) 

 

1:00-1:30 

General Discussion 

 

 

Day Two: Friday, May 14 

Another Kind of “Critical Theory”: Sohn-Rethel and Economics 

 

10:00-10:15 CST 

Opening Statements 

  • Daniel Burnfin and Noah Zeldin 

 

10:15-11:00 CST 

“Introduction to the Economic Thought of Sohn-Rethel: Fascism, Keynesianism and Management” 

  • Oliver Schlaudt 

 

11:00-11:45 CST 

“Value Form and Abstract Labor in Marx: A Critical Review of Sohn-Rethel’s Notion of ‘Real Abstraction’” 

 

11:45-12:15 CST 

Break 

 

12:15-1:00 CST 

“‘They don’t know it, but they do it.’ Commodity Fetishism and Real Abstraction” 

 

1:00-1:30 

General Discussion 

 

All times in Central Standard Time US [CST]: Central European Time [CET] + 7 Hours; Eastern European Time [EET] + 8 Hours.