Beyond Universality and Particularity

Marx has been notorious for failing to deal with religion and for being especially hostile Judaism.  Marxists tended to see Jewish identity as particularistic and encouraged Jews to negate their particular identity and strive to be universally human.  Since the 1970s, Moishe Postone has worked to construct a Marxist framework that goes beyond this opposition between particular identity and universal humanity, by historicizing both sides of this opposition. His work potentially enables us to avoid political pitfalls associated with both the violent teleology of the universal and the radical indeterminacy of the particular.

Viren Murthy teaches transnational Asian History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and researches Chinese and Japanese intellectual history.  He is the author of The Political Philosophy of Zhang Taiyan: The Resistance of Consciousness (2011) and co-editor with Axel Schneider of The Challenge of Linear Time: Nationhood and the Politics of History in East Asia (2013), and co-editor with Prasenjit Duara and Andrew Sartori of A Companion to Global Historical Thought (2014).  He has published articles in Modern Intellectual History, Modern China, Frontiers of History in China and Positions: Asia Critique and is currently working on a project tentatively entitled: Pan-Asianism and the Conundrums of Post-colonial Modernity.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019
3 pm, CSDS Seminar Room
29 Rajpur Road, Delhi