Beyond the Capitalist Leviathan: István Mészáros and the Dialectic of Social-Metabolic Reproduction

April 26, 2018

John Bellamy Foster

Thursday, April 26, 2:00PM–4:00PM, Room 2200, SFU Harbour Centre

Co-sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities, Vancouver Ecosocialists, and SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement

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István Mészáros was widely recognized as perhaps the most formidable Marxian political philosopher of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. At the time of his death in October 2018, he was completing his great treatise on the state, Beyond Leviathan which extended the argument of his earlier Beyond Capital. Other major works of his included Marx’s Theory of Alienation, The Work of Sartre, Lukács’s Concept of Dialectic, The Problem of Ideology, Social Structure and Forms of Consciousness, and The Necessity of Social Control. This talk will introduce Mészáros’s system as a whole while focusing on his dialectic of social-metabolic reproduction. 


John Bellamy Foster is editor of Monthly Review and professor of sociology at the University of Oregon. He has written widely on political economy and has established a reputation as a major environmental sociologist. He is the author of Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature (2000), The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences (with Fred Magdoff, 2009), The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth (with Brett Clark and Richard York, 2010), and The Theory of Monopoly Capitalism: An Elaboration of Marxian Political Economy (New Edition, 2014), among many others.