Articles tagged “Humanism”

MaoStatueinLijangSummary: Informed by Dunayevskaya’s discussion of voluntarism and humanism as two kinds of subjectivity, this article analyzes the People’s Communes, the Cultural Revolution, and the Hundred Flowers Movement in China under Mao Zedong – Editors

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6599650-MSummary: Socialist humanism emerged out of discussions of Marx’s 1844 Manuscripts in the late fifties and early sixties due to hopes for the democratization of the Soviet bloc, but it lost traction within the left in the late sixties and early seventies due to the Vietnam War and the resulting rising influence of Maoism. There is still a great deal to be learned from the socialist humanist tradition (A slightly different version was published in Spain in Brumaria 22, Revolution and Subjectivity, 2010) — Editors

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Manchester-Shanghai Forum2Summary: These articles are selected from the proceedings of the Second Sino-British Marxist Aesthetics Forum, held at the University of Manchester, April 2012, which was dedicated to the topic, “Marxism and Humanism.” They offer a window into contemporary philosophical discussions on humanism in China and internationally. The English versions of the papers by Wang Jie and Zhu Liyuan were established by the Central Translation Bureau, Beijing — Editors

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phmnSummary: Marilyn Nissim-Sabat and Peter Hudis of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization presented a workshop at the fifth annual international convention of the Platypus Affiliated Society, held at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Speakers from various perspectives were asked to bring their experience of the Left’s recent history to bear on today’s political possibilities and challenges as part of the “Differing Perspectives on the Left” workshop series (81 mins.) — Editors

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Summary: Although the Marxism and religion debate has returned with renewed vigour of late, it has still not engaged with the full range of texts by Marx and Engels on religion. Roland Boer offers this annotated bibliography, organised according to the main religious themes. The following collection begins with Marx, drawing occasionally on joint works with Engels, before focusing in the last two sections on Engels’s life-long interest in religion — Editors.

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In the face of capitalist barbarism, socialists need to conceptualize an emancipatory alternative to alienation and exploitation, rooted in Marx’s writings and contemporary experience. — Editors

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A report on the March 12-14 conference on “Rosa Luxemburg’s Thought and Its Contemporary Value” at Wuhan University, China, where discussion focused not only Luxemburg’s Accumulation of Capital but also, to a surprising extent, on dialectics and humanism as well as feminism — Editors

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A tribute to the Chinese philosopher and journalist Wang Ruoshui (1926-2002), who was persecuted from the 1960s onwards for defending socialist humanism.  He came under particular attack in the 1980s for arguing that alienation existed under “socialism” in China. Later coming into contact with US Marxist-Humanists, Wang wrote the preface to the 1999 Chinese translation of Dunayevskaya’s Marxism and Freedom — Editors

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