Location: Edgecliffe G03
Title: Karl Marx and the Actualization of Philosophy
Abstract: Marx’s Eleventh Thesis on Feuerbach famously states that ‘The philosophers have thus far merely interpreted the world; the point is to change it.’ In this talk, I begin to clear away some obstacles that stand in the way of an appreciation of the sense in which Marx thinks philosophy is to be practical. What emerges is an improved understanding of the Eleventh Thesis, which can then be aligned with Marx’s call for the ‘actualization of philosophy’. Philosophy will turn out to have been, all along, praxis; contemplation will show up as privative with respect to philosophy actualized.