SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Anti-Value in Marx

Professor David Harvey

Date: 17 November 2016Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 17 November 2016Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Seminar

At the end of the very first section of Capital, after offering an initial definition of the labor theory of value, Marx observes that "nothing can be of value without being an object of utility. If the thing is useless, so is the labour contained in it; the labour does not count as labour, and therefore creates no value." For the rest of Volume 1 of Capital Marx assumes everything exchanges at its value. What happens to the theory when we drop that assumption?


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Anti-Value in Marx, Professor David Harvey

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David Harvey is one of the most influential geographers in the world, one of the most cited intellectuals in the humanities, and a leading intellectual in the field of radical and Marxist geography. He is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) and the Director of Research, Center for Place, Culture and Politics. He has authored over 25influential books including The Ways of the World (2016), Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (2014), A Brief History of Neoliberalism (2005), The New Imperialism (2003), The Limits to Capital (1982 and 2006) and Social Justice and the City (1973). His research interests span geography and social theory; geographical knowledges; urban political economy and urbanization in the advanced capitalist countries; architecture and urban planning; Marxism and social theory; cultural geography and cultural change; environmental philosophies; environment and social change; ecological movements; social justice; geographies of difference; utopianism. He taught at universities such as the University of Bristol,University of Oxford and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. One of the most prominent scholars of Marxism in the twenty-first century, he has been teaching Karl Marx's Capital for over 40 years, and has a free online course called ‘Reading Marx’s Capital with David Harvey’ which inspired his 2010 book A Companion to Marx’s Capital.

This seminar is part of the SOAS Department of Development Studies & the UCL,Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership seminar series for 2015/2016. See the full event listing

Organiser: Dr Feyzi Ismail and Professor Alfredo Saad Filho

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