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When Would Capitalism End? Marx’s Changing conception of the ‘Critique of Political Economy’

September 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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In recognition of Karl Marx’s 200th birthday, the Waterloo Centre for German Studies (WCGS) is honoured to welcome distinguished Professor Gareth Stedman Jones for the Grimm Lecture 2018. He is Professor of the History of Ideas at Queen Mary University of London and author of Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion (2016).


In order to separate what is living from what is dead in Marx’s theory, it is necessary to separate Marx from ‘Marxism.’ Throughout the 20th century, Marxism has been associated with the assumption that capitalism would necessarily end in collapse. Engels certainly believed this. But was this Marx’s position? Marx’s thought changed. Professor Stedman Jones examines three phases in Marx’s picture of capitalism and how it might end – the period ending in the 1848 Revolutions, the period ending 1859, and the period 1864-1869. He concludes by examining Engels’ editing of Marx’s unfinished manuscript Capital.

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The 2018 Grimm Lecture is co-sponsored by the Balsillie School of International Affairs, the Dean of Arts at the University of Waterloo, the departments of History, English, Sociology and Legal Studies, Philosophy, and the Global Engagement Program.



September 20, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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