Why Marx Matters

Why Marx Matters

With Gabriel Rockhill

Online and in-house. In collaboration with the Critical Theory Workshop
Location: The Bourse, 111 S. Independence Mall East, Suite 500, Philadelphia. Map.


This seminar will elucidate the fundamental tenets of Marx’s philosophy, as well as their importance for understanding and transforming the contemporary world order. It will begin by explaining key concepts like historical materialism, class struggle, alienation, the labor theory of value, ideology and revolution. It will then briefly discuss a few of the important debates in the deep and broad history of Marxism in order to explore some of the ways that Marx’s work has been interpreted and transformed by subsequent generations. Finally, the course will focus in on what Marxist analysis has to contribute to contemporary debates and struggles by demonstrating how it can help us understand phenomena such as the environmental catastrophe, the increasing social inequality of globalization, the carceral state and its relationship to electoral democracy, the military-industrial-academic complex, institutional racism and gender inequality. Although the course will be directed at a lay audience, it will pedagogically build up its analysis in such a way that it will also serve the interests of those with a working knowledge of Marx and Marxism.

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Facilitator: Gabriel Rockhill, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University and Director of the Critical Theory Workshop in Paris. His main areas of research are modern and contemporary thought, social and political theory, continental philosophy, aesthetics, and historiography. Gabriel is the author of Radical History & the Politics of Art; Interventions in Contemporary Thought: History, Politics, Aesthetics; Logique de l’histoire: Pour une analytique des pratiques philosophiques; Contre-histoire du temps présent: Interrogations intempestives sur la mondialisation, la technologie, la démocratie, as well as numerous articles, book chapters, reviews, and edited books.

In-house date: Saturday, November 23, 10am-2pm
Online program:
Friday, November 22
7-8 p.m. EST
Initial meeting, introductions and preliminary discussion (this session will be recorded and made available in the case that participants cannot attend due to work or other obligations)

Saturday, November 23
10 a.m.-2 p.m. EST
Online participation in the lecture at Incite Seminars in Philadelphia

Sunday, November 24
5-6 p.m. EST
Q & A
6-7 p.m. EST
Final discussion and wrap-up

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Cost: Pay-what-you-can, up to $90

We are committed to making our offerings of knowledge, dialogue, and community available to anyone who feels they can benefit from them, regardless of ability to pay. We trust you to pay what you can currently afford. If you can not afford to pay anything, but feel you can benefit from our seminars, we wholeheartedly encourage you to register for free. For others, please bear in mind that a seminar costs nearly $1000 in labor and expenses to run.


Be sure to “buy” the proper amount on the discounted price. For example, if you are paying $60, enter “6” in the $10 box, if $40, “4,” etc. If you take the no-cost option, it is still necessary to register. Please do so by emailing inciteseminarsphila@gmail.com. You can also pay with Venmo. Thank you!

Why Marx Matters

Gabriel Rockhill


Why Marx Matters

Gabriel Rockhill





4 Replies to “Why Marx Matters”

  1. What constitutes online participation? Will the seminar be live-streamed? If so, where will I be able to view the streaming?


  2. Hi Christopher. Here’s some info that Cetin, the online facilitator, sent participants. If you have any further questions, please email him at criticaltheoryworkshop@protonmail.com:

    Our virtual meetings will be on the Zoom application.

    Our first meeting on Friday (November 22, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. EST) will be an introductory one to test our online equipments, introduce ourselves, and start talking about why Marx matters. It will follow Gabriel Rockhill’s lecture on Saturday morning (November 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. EST). And on Sunday, we will have a two part conclusion to our weekend seminar. At 5 p.m.- 6 p.m., we will have a Q&A with Gabriel Rockhill – please feel free to prepare your questions in advance. Then, until 7 p.m., we will make our closing remarks, share further questions, and plan for future seminars.

    Please note that all sessions will be in the Eastern Time Zone and will be recorded. I will share the link of the recordings for those who couldn’t make it to the online meetings. All the recordings with your participation will be used only for this class and will not be shared publicly. Depend on the size of the file, I may use Youtube or Vimeo to share the videos with you on their private settings.


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