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Opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, 2008.
Opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, 2008.

dienstags, 18 - 21 Uhr

CafĂŠ Knallhart, VMP 9, Campus Uni Hamburg

“Society is a reality sui generis; it has its own characteristics that are either not found in the rest of the universe or are not found there in the same form."
"Society is a sui generis being with its own special nature, distinct from that of its members, and a personality of its own different from individual personalities."
-- Emile Durkheim

Die Texte werden im Voraus gelesen und dann zusammen diskutiert. Alle sind herzlich willkommen!

● vorausgesetzte Texte

+ zusätzliche, empfohlene Texte

Vorausgesetzte HintergrundlektĂźre:

• Chris Cutrone, "Back to Herbert Spencer! Industrial vs. militant society" (2016) [audio]

Empfohlene, zusätzliche Hintergrundtexte: 

+ Adorno, "Static and Dynamic as Sociological Categories" (1961) 
+ Adorno, Introduction to Sociology1962 lectures 
+ Adorno, Philosophical Elements of a Theory of Society 1964 lectures 
+ Adorno, Philosophy and Sociology 1960 lectures 

Einleitende Texte: 

• Adorno, “Gesellschaft” (1965; in: Adorno, Soziologische Schriften I; wird auf Anfrage per Email verschickt) 
• Benjamin Constant„Von der Freiheit des Altertums, verglichen mit der Freiheit der Gegenwart”(1819)

Schaubilder und Begriffe:

Capital in history timeline and chart of terms
Being and becoming (freedom in transformation) / immanent dialectical critique chart of terms
Capitalist contradiction chart of terms 
Commodity form chart of terms
Reification chart of terms

1. Woche: 16. August 2022

• Adorno, “Gesellschaft” (1965; in Adorno, Soziologische Schriften I) 
+ Chris Cutrone, "Gillian Rose's 'Hegelian' critique of Marxism" (2010)
• Gillian RoseHegel Contra Sociology (1981/95) selections: Preface for 1995 reprint, 1. The Antinomies of Sociological Reason, 7. With What Must the Science End? 

2. Woche: 23. August 2022

• Epigraphe Ăźber moderne Geschichte und Freiheit von Louis Menand (Ăźber Marx und Engels), und Karl MarxĂźber das „Werden“ (Aus den Grundrissen, 1857-58) 
• Max WeberDie protestantische Ethik und der Geist des Kapitalismus (1904-1905) Auswahl: Vorbemerkung, Teil 1, I. Kapitel 1-3, Teil 1., II. (+ Kapitel 1,) Kapitel 2 [wird per Email verschickt, bitte anfragen]

3. Woche: 30. August 2022

• Auguste ComteIntroduction to Positive Philosophy (1830-42) I. The nature and importance of the positive philosophyThe Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte vol. III Bk. VI. Social Physics pp. 1-11, 199-216, 277-344 [PDF Positive Philosophy of Comte selections]A General View of PositivismCh. II. The Social Aspect of Positivism pp. 63-78, Ch. VI. The Religion of Humanity pp. 340-426 [PDF General View of Positivism selections] 
+ Chris Cutrone, "Ends of philosophy" (2018) 

4. Woche: 6. September 2022

+ Chris Cutrone, "Back to Herbert Spencer! Industrial vs. militant society" (2016) [audio]
• Herbert SpencerPrinciples of Sociology Vol. I Part I The Data of Sociology Ch. I-IV pp. 3-40 [PDF] and Part II The Inductions of Sociology Ch. I-II pp. 447-462 [PDF]On Social Evolution (Univ. Chicago selections): IV 15–16 Societal Typologies, Militancy and Industrialism and V 18–19 Ceremonial and Political InstitutionsThe Man Versus the State VI The Great Political Superstition [PDF selection]

5. Woche: 13. September 2022

• Emile Durkheim, "The principles of 1789 and sociology" (1890); V Social Creativity Ch. 11-12; alles in On Morality and Society

• Emile Durkheim (1912): Die elementaren Formen des religiĂśsen Lebens, Einleitung

6. Woche: 20. September 2022

• Durkheim, Chapter 10. "The dualism of human nature and its social conditions" (1914), Ch. 4. "Individualism and the intellectuals" (1898); IV The Evolution of Morality Ch. 6, in On Morality and Society

• Durkheim: Über soziale Arbeitsteilung (1893) Vorwort zur ersten Ausgabe und Einleitung

7. Woche: 27. September 2022

• DurkheimThe Division of Labor in Society (1893) selections IV. The Evolution of Morality Chapters 7-9, in On Morality and Society;

• Durkheim: Über soziale Arbeitsteilung, Vorwort zur zweiten Ausgabe

8. Woche: 4. Oktober 2022

• Frankfurt SchoolAspects of Sociology (1956) selections: Preface by Horkheimer and Adorno, Chapters I-VI, XII 
• Adorno: “Gesellschaft” (1965) 
+ Adorno, "Static and Dynamic as Sociological Categories" (1961)

Für Luxemburg lag das Wesen des Sozialismus in der Verbindung von „revolutionärer Tatkraft und weitherzigster Menschlichkeit“.1 Sie hat der Linken für das 20. Jahrhundert eine Aufgabe hinterlassen gehabt, an der diese scheiterte: die Einheit von Sozialismus und Demokratie. Dafür gibt es viele Ursachen. Ich will nur auf eine einzige Ursache eingehen – es ist das Verständnis von Sozialismus und von Demokratie, mit dem die marxistische Linke in das 20. Jahrhundert gegangen ist.

Am 10. April 2021 organisierte die Platypus Affiliated Society eine virtuelle Podiumsdiskussion mit Frigga Haug (feministische Marxistin), Sascha Stanicic (Sozialistische Organisation Solidarität), Gert Meyer (Historiker) und Stefan Hain (Platypus Affiliated Society), um ßber den Marxismus der Rosa Luxemburg zu diskutieren.

The V. European Conference of the Platypus Affiliated Society took place from September 8-10, 2022 at the University of Vienna, Austria. You can find the video and audio recordings of all the events below.

Thursday, September 8th

Panel Discussion: Was ist das Kritische an der Kritik der politischen Ökonomie? [German]
Was ist bürgerliche politische Ökonomie und warum entwickelt Marx eine Kritik an ihr? Wie verhält sich diese Kritik an der politischen Ökonomie zu seiner Kritik des Sozialismus? Was ist das spezifisch Politische daran? Inwiefern ist seine Kritik an der politischen Ökonomie dialektisch? Inwiefern lässt sich durch eine Rückkehr zu Marxens Kritik der politischen Ökonomie der Kampf um den Sozialismus heute re-aktualisieren?
5–7 pm (Hörsaal I at Neues Institutsgebäude, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna)


  • Lars Quadfasel (Hamburger Studienbibliothek)
  • Representative Der Funke/International Marxist Tendency
  • Frieder Otto Wolf (Philosopher and Political Scientist)

Video Recording

Audio Recording

Friday, September 9th

Teach-In: What is Society?
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, both Thatcher and Laclau could agree on one thing: “society” does not exist. Since 2015, a meme circulates stating vapidly: “We live in a society.” What was society? What is its crisis? Two 19th century phenomena, “socialism” and “sociology”, continue to haunt us. Can we make sense of them without a concept of “society”?
10–12 am (Hörsaal I at Neues Institutsgebäude, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna)

Video Recording

Audio Recording

Presentations by different leftists organizations
Different leftist organizations get the opportunity to present themselves, their aims, and their activities.
1.30–4 pm (Hörsaal 6, 2 and 3 at Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Vienna)

1.30–2.30 pm


MALMOE is a device for everyday life. Based in Vienna since 2000 the collective prints a newspaper 4 times a year to create a leftist space for discourse and pop-culture. In the workshop we will focus on practical challenges in production and community building.
HĂśrsaal 6

Audio Recording (Youtube)

Audio Recording (

3–4 pm

Junge Linke (Young Left)

Junge Linke is Austria’s biggest communist youth organisation. Founded in 2018, Junge Linke offers room for education and discussion on the one hand and the opportunity of coordinated political action on the other. Today Junge Linke is closely cooperating with the Austrian Communist Party (KPÖ) in attempting to rebuild a strong and unified Left.
HĂśrsaal 2

Audio Recording (Youtube)

Audio Recording (

transform! europe

transform! europe is a network of 39 European organisations from 23 countries, active in the field of political education and critical scientific analysis, and is the recognised political foundation corresponding to the Party of the European Left (EL). The Workshop will focus on a presentation given by member of transform Dunja Larise on the following topic: 'Why is Austromarxism still worth studying in the 21st century?'
HĂśrsaal 3

Audio Recording (Youtube)

Audio Recording (

Panel Discussion: The Dictatorship of the Proletariat and the Left
What was the Marxist understanding of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat? How has our understanding of the necessity of the dictatorship of the proletariat been shaped and changed over the course of the 20th century? What is its relevance for the struggle for socialism today?
5–7 pm (Hörsaal I at Neues Institutsgebäude, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna)


  • Thodoris Velissaris (Platypus Affiliated Society)
  • David Harvie (Political Economist)
  • Gavin Mendel-Gleason (Workers' Party of Ireland)
  • Olga Stefou (SYRIZA)

Video Recording

Audio Recording

Saturday, September 10th

Teach-In: Prefigurative Politics and the Millennial Left
Before folding into centre-Left political parties, the Millennial Left went through a ‘neo-anarchist’ or ‘prefigurative’ phase. The ‘movement of the squares’ (encompassing Occupy and the Indignados) is the most visible manifestation of this prefigurative turn in politics. With prefiguration on the rise again today, this teach-in seeks to clarify and critique this tendency as a historical phenomenon of the Left.
10–12 am (Hörsaal III at Neues Institutsgebäude, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna)

Video Recording

Audio Recording

Panel Discussion: Solidarność in the 1980s and the politics of solidarity
Solidarność (Solidarity) emerged in Poland in 1980 as a movement for workers solidarity with self-governing shipyard unions. With the support of dissident Polish intellectuals at home and broad sections of the Left abroad, Solidarność grew in strength and became a key participant in Polish reforms through the 80s and beyond. As such, it can appear as either a late expression of New Left attempts to further the revolution, or as a prefiguration of the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
2–4 pm (Hörsaal I at Neues Institutsgebäude, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna)


  • Bruno Drweski (National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations)
  • Ákos FĂśldesi (Szikra)
  • Mateusz Wasilewski (Platypus Affiliated Society)
  • Marek Beylin (Historian and Journalist)

Video Recording

Audio Recording

Public Interview: What is Left of SYRIZA?
“You, SYRIZA, the true miracle, radical left movement, which stepped out of the comfortable position of marginal resistance and courageously signaled your readiness to take power. This is why you have to be punished.”
- Slavoj Zizek, 2012

In the recent past SYRIZA exemplified a moment of hope for a large part of the (European) Left. In sharp contrast, today it is considered an example of capitulation to the establishment and a scapegoat for the spoiled chances of the anti-austerity struggles. The stakes of SYRIZA politics were enigmatically expressed in the phrase: “SYRIZA was in government but not in power”. This interview wants to explore the legacy of SYRIZA and the sense in which SYRIZA did or did not express potential for radical political change. Nikos Manousakis, member of the Platypus Affiliated Society, will interview Olga Stefou, member of the SYRIZA Central Committee.
5–7 pm (Hörsaal I at Neues Institutsgebäude, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna)

Video Recording

Audio Recording

Die Ohnmacht der Linken lässt sich nachverfolgen bis in die 30er-Jahre, zu den sozialistischen und kommunistischen Massenparteien in Europa im Angesicht des Faschismus. Auf das Wachstum faschistischer Bewegungen antworteten sie mit Panik und Kapitulation, ihre Politik resultierte in ihrer Selbstaufgabe als unabhängige politische und soziale Vertretungsorgane des Proletariats. Revolutionäre Parteien verwandelten sich in Stßtzen des bßrgerlich-demokratischen Regimes.