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Zero books announcement yesterday about the situation of Postone was proven wrong. prominent value-form theorist Moishe Postone is still alive struggling in the hospital…..

zero books reports: Edit: It has come to my attention that the news about Moishe Postone’s passing is untrue. I want to apologize for repeating that rumor here. I sincerely hope that this mistake has not added to the pain people close to Postone must be feeling at this time.

Postone’s work and import remain. Those who do not know of his work would do well to find his book Time, Labor and Social Domination: A Reinterpretation of Marx’s Critical Theory.

Moishe Postone, son of a Canadian Rabbi, received his Ph.D. from University of Frankfurt in 1983.

His research interests include modern European intellectual history; social theory, especially critical theories of modernity; twentieth-century Germany; anti-Semitism; and contemporary global transformations. He is co-editor with Craig Calhoun and Edward LiPuma of Bourdieu: Critical Perspectives and author of Time, Labor and Social Domination: A Reinterpretation of Marx’s Critical Theory. He is also co-editor with Eric Santner of Catastrophe and Meaning: The Holocaust and the Twentieth Century, a collection of essays that consider the meaning of the holocaust in twentieth-century history and its influence on historical practice. Postone’s work has had a large influence on the anti-Germans.

He was originally denied tenure by the University of Chicago’s Sociology Department, sparking a great deal of public resentment from graduate students whom he had been involved in teaching. He was later granted tenure by the History Department.

Today Moishe Postone is the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of Modern History and co-director of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory.

You can find some of his texts in english and greek here: https://theshadesmag.wordpress.com/tag/moishe-postone/


  • Critique du fétiche-capital: Le capitalisme, l’antisemitisme et la gauche. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2013.
  • History and Heteronomy: Critical Essays. Tokyo: University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy, 2009.
  • Marx Reloaded. Repensar la teoría crítica del capitalismo. Madrid: Editorial Traficantes de Sueños, 2007.
  • Deutschland, die Linke und der Holocaust – Politische Interventionen. Freiburg, Germany: Ca Ira Verlag, 2005.
  • Catastrophe and Meaning: The Holocaust and the Twentieth Century. [Co-editor with Eric Santner] Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.
  • Marx est-il devenu muet: Face à la mondialisation? Paris: les éditions de l’Aube, 2003.
  • Time, Labor and Social Domination: A Reinterpretation of Marx’s Critical Theory. New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
  • Bourdieu: Critical Perspectives. co-editor with Craig Calhoun and Edward LiPuma, Chicago and Cambridge: University of Chicago Press and Polity Press, 1993.

Articles and chapters:

  • “History and Helplessness: Mass Mobilization and Contemporary Forms of Anticapitalism” Public Culture 18.1 Duke UP 2006.
  • “Critique, State, and Economy” in Fred Rush (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Critical Theory, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
  • “The Holocaust and the Trajectory of the Twentieth Century,” in M. Postone and E. Santner (eds.) Catastrophe and Meaning. University of Chicago Press, 2003.
  • “Lukács and the Dialectical Critique of Capitalism,” in R. Albritton and J. Simoulidis, (eds.), New Dialectics and Political Economy, Houndsmill, Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
  • “Hannah Arendts Eichmann in Jerusalem: Die unaufgelöste Antinomie von Universalität und Besonderem,” in Gary Smith (ed.), Hannah Arendt Revisited: “Eichmann in Jerusalem” und die Folgen, Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt a.M., 2000.
  • “Contemporary Historical Transformations: Beyond Postindustrial and Neo-Marxist Theories,” Current Perspectives in Social Theory. Vol. 19, 1999. Stamford, Conn: JAI Press Inc., 1999.
  • “Deconstruction as Social Critique: Derrida on Marx and the New World Order,” [review essay on Jacques Derrida, Specters of Marx] in History and Theory, October, 1998.
  • “Rethinking Marx in a Postmarxist World,” in Charles Camic (ed.), Reclaiming the Sociological Classics. Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers, 1998.
  • “Political Theory and Historical Analysis,” in C. Calhoun (ed.), Habermas and the Public Sphere, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1992.
  • “History and Critical Social Theory,” (Review essay on Jürgen Habermas, The Theory of Communicative Action) in Contemporary Sociology. Vol. 19, No. 2, March, 1990.
  • “After the Holocaust: History and Identity in West Germany,” in K. Harms, L.R. Reuter and V. Dürr (eds.), Coping with the Past: Germany and Austria after 1945, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1990.
  • “Anti-Semitism and National Socialism,” in A. Rabinbach and J. Zipes (eds.), Germans and Jews Since the Holocaust, New York: Holmes and Meier, 1986.
  • “On Nicolaus’ ‘Introduction’ to the Grundrisse”. Telos 22 (Winter 1974-5). New York: Telos Press.

5 Comments on Moishe Postone is still alive update

  1. Judit Bodnar // March 18, 2018 at 4:29 pm // Reply

    He has not died yet. I know it is important to be the first to break the news but you should not bury people prematurely.


  2. Tracey A. Rosen // March 18, 2018 at 7:10 pm // Reply

    This is irresponsible— he has not died


  3. It was an untrue rumour, it is not confirmed https://www.facebook.com/ZeroBooks/posts/1640392509381903


  4. UChicago Department of History just sent out an email today that Moishe has indeed passed away.

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