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Author Archive | John Bellamy Foster

The Capitalinian: The First Geological Age of the Anthropocene

“The Capitalinian: The First Geological Age of the Anthropocene,” Monthly Review, vol. 73, no. 4 (September 2021), pp. 1-16. The geologic time scale, dividing the 4.6 billion years of Earth history into nested eons, eras, periods, epochs, and ages, is one of the great scientific achievements of the last two centuries. Each division is directed […]

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“The Return of the Dialectics of Nature” (video lecture)

“The Return of the Dialectics of Nature” (video lecture), Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Prize, Historical Materialism Coference, London, November 12, 2021, 70 minutes. This is a prerecording of the 2020 Deutscher Prize Lecture by John Bellamy Foster. The title of the lecture is: “The Return of the Dialectics of Nature: Marxian Ecology and the Struggle […]

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“Foreword” to Cheng Enfu, “China’s Economic Dialectics”

“Foreword” to Cheng Enfu, China’s Economic Dialectics (New York: International Publishers, 2021), vii-xiii. For Western Marxists, what is likely to be most astonishing is the many-sided approach to Marxism displayed throughout this work. This reflects a strong emphasis on cultivating an open Marxism, drawing on different views and debates, and various movement ver­naculars, in the […]

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“Introduction” to István Mézáros, “Beyond Leviathan: Critique of the State”

“Introduction” to István Mézáros, Beyond Leviathan: Critique of the State (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2022), 20 pp. István Mészáros was one of the greatest political theorists of the twentieth century. Left unfinished at the time of his death, Beyond Leviathan is written on the magisterial scale of his previous book, Beyond Capital, and meant […]

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Henri Lefebvre’s Conception of Nature-Society in the Revoltuonary Project of Autogeston

“Henri Lefebvre’s Conception of Nature-Society in the Revoltuonary Project of Autogeston” (coauthered with Brian M. Napoletano, Pedro Urquijo, and Brett Clark—Foster listed fourth), Dialogues in Human Geography (prepublished online March 29, 2022), 20 pp. Henri Lefebvre’s intricate material-dialectical approach to the nature-society problematic, taken together with his advocacy of a praxis oriented to total transformation […]

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Lukács and the Tragedy of Revolution

“Lukács and the Tragedy of Revolution,” Monthly Review 73, no. 9 (February 2022), pp. 1-12. In his 20s and early 30s, Georg Lukács emerged as one of Europe’s towering intellectuals, the author of the two-volume A History of the Development of Modern Drama (1908, 1911), Soul and Form (1910), Aesthetic Culture (1913), The Theory of the […]

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Against Doomsday Scenarios: What Is to Be Done Now?

“Against Doomsday Scenarios: What Is to Be Done Now?” (John Bellamy Foster interviewed by John Molyneux and Owen McCormick), Monthly Review 73, no. 7 (December 2021), pp. 1-16. [Published in Irish Marxist Review, November 2021.] John Molyneux and Owen McCormack: Given the extreme summer weather and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, […]

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