Eric Aarons’ book Hayek versus Marx: And Today’s Challenges will be launched at Gleebooks on Friday April 24th at 6pm. I will make an opening speech about the book and its remarkable author. There will be pre-launch drinks from 6 till 6.40.
Attendance is free, but places are limited. Please contact Gleebooks on (02) 9660 2333, or click on the link to Request a place on Gleebooks’ automated booking form. Gleebooks is at 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe; the launch will take place in the upstairs room, which can accommodate about 100.
This is Eric’s 4th book. In a theme developed in the previous two, he explores the competing, and flawed, philosophies of Karl Marx and Friedrich Hayek, especially in the light of the ecological challenges of today. Quoting from the promotional material for the book:
The aim of the book is to stimulate the realignment of political, theoretical and philosophical thinking that is now beginning in response to global warming. The author provides an examination of the theories of the most prominent social philosophers of the 19th and 20th centuries — Karl Marx and Friedrich Hayek. He does so in the belief that the work of these two thinkers, in their commonalities and differences, successes and failures, contain important indicators of the content of a social philosophy suited to today’s conditions.
The book proceeds in the context of the failure of the attempts by followers of Marx, having achieved political power, to realise the objectives they took to issue from his theories, on the one hand, and of the earlier successes, but now emerging failures of the neo-liberal philosophy of Hayek to cope with the with the environmental outcomes of those very successes, on the other. In doing so, the book will incidentally critique postmodernism, because of its claim to be ‘Theory’ as such, which for a generation impeded genuine theoretical and philosophical work.
It should be a stimulating night. I look forward to seeing some blog members there–especially those who have an interest in Marxian or Austrian philosophy and economics.