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The Futures of Marx

In cooperation with Centre for Social Critique and Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

June 28-29, 2023 Volksbühne Berlin
Roter Salon

Linienstraße 227, 10178 Berlin

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DESCRIPTION:In cooperation with Centre for Social Critique and Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz // Volksbühne Berlin // Roter Salon // Linienstraße 227, 10178 Berlin
SUMMARY:The Futures of Marx
Thomas Khurana: The Futures of Marx – Introduction
Sabina Vaccarino Bremner: Marx on Intuitional Materialism and the Myth of the Given
Alec Hinshelwood: Marx on Rational Animality
Christoph Schuringa: Hegel, Marx, and the Actualization of Philosophy
Vanessa Wills: Marx’s Ethical Vision
Lea Ypi – What is Moral Socialism?
Karen Ng: Species-Being, Metabolism, and Natural Limits
Thomas Khurana: The Resurrection of Nature
Rahel Jaeggi: Defending Materialism
Amy Allen: Marx and the Problem of History
Marx im Anthropozän: Podiumsdiskussion mit Christian Schmidt, Francesca Raimondi, Patrick Eiden-Offen und Alexey Weissmueller


For a long time, Marx was regarded in academic philosophy no less than in the general discussion as an author of the past, a name without a future. The intensifying crises of global capitalism, the escalating climate crisis, and the postcolonial discussion have brought his critique back into the critical consciousness of the present under changed auspices. At the same time, academic philosophy has rediscovered Marx as a crucial author who has a more open and diverse future than he was previously thought to have. The symposium The Futures of Marx brings together voices from the new international discussion of Marx that seek to tap into these more open futures and that draw from more diverse sources than the previous discussion. Three complexes are at the forefront: a redefinition of the relationship between nature and society in the Anthropocene, a broader critique of the capitalist way of life as a general inability to act, and an understanding of philosophical critique that is not satisfied with merely interpreting the world but wants to participate in its transformation. From Marx, an idea of liberation opens up that does not propagate a liberation of the human being at the expense of nature, but at the same time is supposed to be the “true resurrection of nature” itself. His critique does not aim, as the cliché would have it, at the demise of the individual in plan and collective, but at the rediscovery of our acting with, through and for others. And his “true critique” does not cling to immaterial ideals, as dogmatic critique does, but wants to become real. If we follow this new other Marx, the future must be materialistic, naturalistic and critical in a new way.


June 28, 2023

Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Roter Salon

  • 10.00 – 10.15 am – Thomas Khurana (Potsdam): Introduction

  • 10.15 – 11.30 am – Sabina Bremner (University of Pennsylvania): Marx on Intuitional Materialism and the Myth of the Given

    Chair: Georg Spoo (Universität Freiburg)

    11.45 am – 1.00 pm – Alec Hinshelwood (Potsdam): Marx on Rational Animality

    Chair: Lucilla Guidi (Universität Potsdam)

    1.00 – 2.30 pm – Lunch

    2:30 – 3:45 pm – Christoph Schuringa (Northeastern University London): Hegel, Marx, and the Actualization of Philosophy

    Chair: Eli Friedlander (Tel Aviv University)

    4.00 – 5.15 pm – Vanessa Wills (George Washington University): Marx’s Ethical Vision

    Chair: Jonathan Soen (Tel Aviv University)

    5.30 – 7.00 pm – Lea Ypi (London School of Economics): What is Moral Socialism?

    Chair: Daniele Lorenzini (University of Pennsylvania)

June 29, 2023

Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Roter Salon


  • 11.30  12.45 pm Karen Ng (Vanderbilt): Species-Being, Metabolism, and Natural Limits
  • Chair: Tobi Wieland (FU Berlin)
  • 12.45 – 2.00 pm – Lunch
  • 2.00 pm – 3.15 pm – Thomas Khurana (Potsdam): The Resurrection of Nature: Marx’s Dialectical Naturalism
  • Chair: Federica Gregoratto (FU Berlin)
  • 3.30  4.45 pm – Rahel Jaeggi (HU Berlin): Defending Materialism
  • Chair: Manon Garcia (FU Berlin)
  • 5.00  6.15 pm – Amy Allen (Penn State): Universality, Necessity, and Progress: Marx and the Problem of History
  • Chair: Rahel Jaeggi (HU Berlin)
  • 6.30 – 8.00 pm – Marx im Anthropozän: Krise, Aufstand, Transformation – Panel discussion with Patrick Eiden-Offe (ZfL Berlin), Francesca Raimondi (FU Berlin), Christian Schmidt (HU Berlin)
  • Chair: Alexey Weißmüller (Potsdam)


With Amy Allen, Sabina Bremner, Patrick Eiden-Offe, Anton Ford, Eli Friedlander, Federica Gregoratto, Lucilla Guidi, Alec Hinshelwood, Rahel Jaeggi, Thomas Khurana, Manon Garcia, Daniele Lorenzini, Karen Ng, Oliver Precht, Francesca Raimondi, Christian Schmidt, Christoph Schuringa, Ross Shields, Georg Spoo, Michael Thompson, Alexey Weißmüller, Tobi Wieland, Vanessa Wills, Lea Ypi, and others


The conference is free of charge, but since place is limited, you need to register in advance.

As of now, all seats are taken and there is a waiting list of further registered participants. You can still check with the Besucherservice of the Volksbühne by email to or by phone under +49-30-24065777 to see if any space has opened up.

The conference will be recorded and will be made accessible through our Youtube-Channel after the event.



„/Imagine – prompt: Species-Being“ by thokhu/Midjourney