Journal announcement

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Wed Jan 17 10:03:23 MST 2001


Historical Materialism: research in critical marxist theory

"Historical Materialism is already among the most highly regarded journals
in Marxian theory published in any language. In an age of increasing
specialization, it is committed to high quality articles from across a
broad range of disciplines. If a resurgence of Marxian thinking occurs in
the twenty-first century, Historical Materialism will deserve a good part
of the credit."
- Tony Smith (author, Dialectical Social Theory and its Critics, 1993)

"The birth of Historical Materialism was a major event, not only because it
provides a unique forum for non-sectarian Marxist debate but also because
it represents a change in the wind, a really promising sign of socialist
- Ellen Meiksins Wood (author, Democracy Against Capitalism,1995)

Historical Materialism demonstrates that Marxist analysis is not merely
alive, but thriving again as the contradictions of globalisation generate
economic, social and cultural tensions which mainstream analysis cannot
account for."
- John Weeks (author, A Critique of Neoclassical Economics, 1989)

Issue 5 of Historical Materialism is now available. It contains major new
contributions to the debate over Robert Brenner's analysis of the
international economy from Werner Bonefeld, Alan Freeman, Michel Husson,
Anwar Shaikh, Tony Smith, Richard Walker and John Weeks. Taken together
with the papers in Historical Materialism 4, this unique symposium presents
an essential guide to the current state of Marxist political economy, as
writers from a full cross-section of intellectual and political currents
interrogate the global trajectories of contemporary capitalism.

Also in Historical Materialism 5 you will find important new work by Craig
Brandist on Bakhtin and socialist ethics and Geoffrey Kay on abstract
labour and capital. Sean Sayers writes on late developments in Marx's
thought, Jon Gubbay assesses Erik Olin Wright's researches into class,
Gregor Gall analyses the contemporary predicament of organised labour and
Alan Johnson explores the Third Camp socialist tradition. Also discussed
are E. San Juan's new critique of postcolonial theory and Andrew Collier's
critical realist moral theory.

Historical Materialism 5 costs £8 or US$12.50 plus postage. For just a
little more you can take a two-issue subscription and also receive
Historical Materialism 4, which includes contributions to the Brenner
debate by Alex Callinicos, Guglielmo Carchedi, Simon Clarke, Gérard Duménil
& Dominique Lévy, Chris Harman, David Laibman, Michael Lebowitz, Fred
Moseley, Murray Smith and Ellen Meiksins Wood, as well as a hitherto
unpublished article by Hal Draper, a response to John Rosenthal's critique
of dialectic by Tony Smith, and reviews discussing British Communism,
American pragmatism, and Australian trade unionism.

Or you could take a subscription from Issue 5 onwards. Lined up for our
next couple of issues we have pieces by Patrick Murray on practical
abstraction, Andrew Kliman on value theory, Wal Suchting on late Althusser,
Michael Cowen on development theory, Tony Burns on Greek philosophy, and an
interview with Slavoj Zizek.

For more information please contact the editors by emailing hm at

Contents: Historical Materialism 6
Alan Shandro, 'Marx as a Conservative Thinker'
Patrick Murray, 'Marx's "Truly Social" Labour Theory of Value:
Abstract Labour in Marxian Value Theory, Part I'
Deborah Cook, 'Critical Strategems in Adorno and Habermas: Theories of
Ideology and the Ideology of Theory'
Andrew Kliman, 'Marx's Concept of Intrinsic Value'

Felton Shortall, 'Reply to Lebowitz'
Mike Lebowitz, 'Answering Shortall'
Ben Fine, Costas Lapavitsas & Dimitrios Milonakis, 'Response to Tony Smith'
Tony Smith, 'A Reply to Fine, Lapavitsas and Milonakis'

Mike Cowen on Quakes of Development
Alan Carling & Paul Nolan on Jared Diamond
Jonathan Joseph on Learning to Live with Derrida
Ian Birchall on Romain Rolland

Contents: Historical Materialism 7
Tony Burns, 'Materialism in Ancient Greek Philosophy and in the Writings of
the Young Marx'
Chik Collins, 'Vygotsky on Language and Social Consciousness:
Underpinning the Use of Voloshinov in the Study of Popular Protest'
Enzo Traverso, 'Bohemia, Exile and Revolution: Notes on Marx and Benjamin'
Paul Wetherly, 'Marxism, "Manufactured Uncertainty" and Progressivism - A
Response to Giddens'
Patrick Murray, 'Marx's "Truly Social" Labour Theory of Value: Abstract
Labour in Marxian Value Theory, Part II'
Geert Reuten, 'The Interconnection of Systematic Dialectics and Historical
Materialism with an Application to the Debate on the Notion of Abstract

John Kelly, 'Mobilisation and Class Struggle: A Reply to Gall'
Gregor Gall, 'Debating Mobilisation, Class Struggle and the Left: a
Response to a Reply'

Noel Castree on Manuel Castells
Paul Blackledge on Gregory Elliott and Perry Anderson
Paul Jaskot on Marxism and Art History
John Roberts on Adorniana
Andrew Hemingway and Paul Jaskot on T.J. Clark
Larry Wilde on Sean Sayers

Contents: Historical Materialism 5
Werner Bonefeld: 'Notes on Competition, Capitalism, Crises and Class'
Alan Freeman: 'Crisis and the Poverty of Nations'
Michel Husson: 'Riding the Long Wave'
Anwar Shaikh: 'Explaining the Global Economic Crisis'
Tony Smith: 'Brenner and Crisis Theory'
Richard Walker: 'Capitalism's Recurrent Self-Criticism'
John Weeks: 'Surfing the Troubled Waters of Global Turbulence'
Craig Brandist: 'Ethics, Politics and the Potential of Dialogism'
Geoff Kay: 'Abstract Labour and Capital'
Sean Sayers on James D. White
Jon Gubbay on Erik Olin Wright
Gregor Gall on John Kelly
Alan Johnson on the Third Camp
Greg Dawes on E. San Juan
Adrian Haddock on Andrew Collier

Contents: Historical Materialism 4
Symposium: Robert Brenner and the World Crisis (Part 1)
Alex Callinicos: 'Capitalism, Competition and Profits: A Critique of Robert
Brenner's Theory of Crisis'
Gugliemlo Carchedi: 'A Missed Opportunity: Orthodox Versus Marxist Crises
Simon Clarke: 'Capitalist Competition and the Tendency to Overproduction:
Comments on Brenner's "Uneven Development and the Long Downturn"'
Gerard Dumenil and Dominique Levy: 'Brenner on Distribution'
Chris Harman: 'Footnotes and Fallacies: A Comment on Robert Brenner's "The
Economics of Global Turbulence"'
David Laibman: 'Perspectives on Brenner'
Michael A. Lebowitz: 'In Brenner, Everything is Reversed'
Fred Moseley: 'The Decline of the Rate of Profit in the Post-war United
States Economy: Due to Increased Competition or Increased Unproductive
Murray Smith: 'The Necessity of Value Theory: Brenner's Analysis of the
"Long Downturn" and Marx's Theory of Crisis'
Ellen Meiksins Wood: 'Horizontal Relations: A Note on Brenner's Heresy'

Alan Johnson: 'Introduction: Hal Draper: A Biographical Sketch'
Hal Draper: 'The Myth of Lenin's "Concept of Party":Or What They Did to
"What Is To Be Done"'

Tony Smith: 'The Relevance of Systematic Dialetics to Marxism Thought: A
Reply to Rosenthal'

Matthew Worley on Recent British Communist History
Edwin A. Roberts on Praxis American Style
Charles Post on Terence J. Byres
Alan Wald on Michael Lowy
Rick Kuhn on David Peetz

Conference Report
Emma Bircham on 'Historical Materialism and Globalisation' at Warwick, 1999

"Historical Materialism is an excellent journal, providing a unique forum
for serious intellectual work about every aspect of Marxism. The quality of
the first issues surpassed expectations. The journal is essential reading
for anyone with an interest in this field."
- Sean Sayers (author Marxism and Human Nature, 1998)

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The Editors
Historical Materialism
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
email: hm at

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