How to be a Marxist: Martin Hägglund and Lea Ypi

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If this life is all there is, what should we do with it? Or, how rigorous secularism leads to socialism.

Yale philosopher Martin Hägglund and LSE philosopher Lea Ypi will consider some of the deepest questions of existence, arguing that only by stripping away their subtle illusions can we discover the true value of our earthly freedom.

Through clarifying terms like socialism and capitalism, and by looking back to the core values that underpinned Marx's philosophy, Hägglund and Ypi will explore why Marx is in fact the strongest defender of key liberal values such as liberty, and equality, and how commitment to such values must inevitably lead us to a form of democratic socialism.

Martin Hägglund is Professor of Comparative Literature and Humanities at Yale. He has been hailed by Richard Klein as “the most important young philosopher in the United States.” His new book, 'This Life: Why Mortality Makes Us Free' is published in August by Profile Books.

Lea Ypi is Professor in Political Theory in the Government Department, London School of Economics, and author of 'Global Justice and Avant-Garde Political Agency'.

This event is a collaboration between the London Philosophy Club, Bigg Books, and the Philosophical Society of England (PSE). It is being sponsored by The Philosopher, the UK's longest-running public philosophy journal. For further information, please go to the website of The Philosopher:

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