This track is dedicated to political economy’s concerns as — broadly speaking — theoretical investigation of interrelationships between economy and politics, labour and political action. From ancient times politics and economy, public action and labour have been considered as separated spheres of human activity; after World War II this partitioning has firmly settled within the intellectual division of labour’s structure with the advent of the "economy" as formal and technocratic study. We resort to political economy along our track and it’s not just an attempt to reanimate previously pushed back scientific approach. Our concern is to reopen the "economy" as an object of philosophical reflection and political action and political economy as an all-embracing social theory
The essays should be devoted to the reconstruction of a historical argument (e.g. an argument against Marx’ value theory, genealogy of a concept (e.g. to analyze the usage of the concept "virtue" by Marx and Virno), comparative analysis of different theoretical approaches to Marx’ conceptual model (e.g. how it is done by political marxism or autonomism), or to an analysis of any example (it can come from popular culture, current agenda, or from a research project) while using concepts of (post-)marxist theory. The essay should be related to the track’s agenda. Applicants are free to use any source for their essays. There may occur a theoretical exchange between Benjamin Buchloh and Immanuel Wallerstein since their dialogue is productive and formulates new problems.
- structure/organization of an argument;
- relevance of posed problems;
- quality and originality;
- consistent argumentation;
- clarity of narration;
- spectrum of cited works.