Karl Marx was one of the most influential and revolutionary thinkers of modern history, yet he is rarely thought of as a Jewish thinker. His Jewish background is either overlooked or misrepresented and his attitude towards Judaism and Jews was highly complex. Shlomo Avineri, in this revelatory work, argues that Marx’s Jewish origins were integral to his work, placing his Jewish background in its proper and balanced perspective. The results are sometimes surprising. In this exclusive online event, Shlomo Avineri is in conversation with acclaimed philosopher John Gray.
Shlomo Avineri is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He is the author of The Social and Political Thought of Karl Marx.
John Gray is Emeritus Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement and the author of over a dozen books, including Heresies and the bestselling Straw Dogs. False Dawn has been translated into sixteen languages. His latest book is Feline Philosophy: Cats and the Meaning of Life.