Rethinking Tradition and Modernity: Reflections on Romantic Anti-Capitalism
We often think of our societies and world as moving forward to greater levels of technology mobilized by capitalism. And yet, since the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, people have warned us about the negative effects of unbridled productivity. The talk will ask questions associated with “romantic anti-capitalism”, including “Can one draw on past traditions and practices to transform the deleterious effects of capitalism?” Drawing on various theorists, the talk will outline a framework to defend specific forms of romantic anti-capitalism.
Viren Murthy is a Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has been teaching at the university since 2012. He earlier taught at the Department of History, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Virent Murthy obtained his Phd in Philosophy from the University of Chicago.
His recent books include Pan-Asianism and the Legacy of the Chinese Revolution: History, Philosophy and Resistance, (University of Chicago Press, 2023). and The Politics of Time in Japan and China: Back to the Future, (Routledge, 2022).