New developments on Karl Marx’s thought and writings
Lyon, 27-29 September 2017
Centre Jean Bosco, Lyon 5e
2018 marks the year of the bicentenary of Karl Marx's birth. On this occasion, a conference co-organized by the research centre Triangle and the European Journal of the History of Economic Thought will be held in Lyon to recall Marx's achievements as an economist and political philosopher. Was Marx the “odd man out”, a “crank”, whose contribution defies any conventional classification and assessment? Was he a “minor post Ricardian”, as has been contended? Was he a genius of political economy, whose statements contain indubitable truths, as some of his followers maintain? The questions to be dealt with include the following: What is the relationship between Marx's philosophical training in Hegel and Kant and his political economy? What is the relationship between his political economy and that of the classical economists? To what extent was he aware of the rise of the marginalist doctrine and how did he react to it? How were his propositions received in the academic and political sphere? How did his message spread around the world? What can we learn from him today? Thanks to the publication of substantial parts of the new MEGA edition, we can now form a much clearer idea of the progress of Marx's work and the reasons why he did not succeed in completing Das Kapital.