[act-ma] 5/02 Brazilian activist and theorist Michael Lowy speaking at E5 on Global Justice and Ecosocialism

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Thu May 1 06:57:36 PDT 2008

The prominent Brazilian socialist activist and theorist Michael Lowy will speak at E5 on Friday at 7pm. He will speak on Global Justice and Ecosocialism.

33 Harrison Ave. (near Beach St.)

>From Wikipedia
He is an historian and a sociologist. He is also a mediator and a leftist activist. He has written widely on political philosophy and intellectual history. He teaches at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, in Paris, France.

Löwy is an eco-socialist. In 2001, with Joel Kovel, he wrote the Ecosocialist Manifesto.[1]. He is the author of many books, including The Marxism of Che Guevara, Marxism and Liberation Theology, Fatherland or Mother Earth?, The War of Gods: Religion and Politics in Latin America, Fire Alarm: Reading Walter Benjamin's "On the Concept of History" (2006, ISBN 1844670406), and The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx (2005, ISBN 1931859191).

In a review of books about Walter Benjamin, including Löwy's Fire Alarm, Richard Wolin describes Löwy as being "of Trotskyist bent" and having "written extensively on twentieth-century Jewish political messianism."[2] Löwy is a member of the reunified Fourth International.

Lowy's activism must not hide is brilliant work as a sociologist and an historian. His books on Romanticism in the XIXth century, Surrealism in France, Messianism in Central Europa, Theology of Liberation in Latin America, or the heterodox marxist sociology of religion are highly regarded for their academic value. One of his last books is a remarkable essay on Franz Kafka.
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