G. A. Cohen - Marxist Boxing Match: Roemer vs. Habermas





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Published on Jan 26, 2011

Gerald (Jerry) Cohen was a Marxist political philosopher. He was Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at Oxford and subsequently Quain Professor of Jurisprudence at University College London.


This video was recorded by Erik Olin Wright at the University of Chicago, October 1991 and appears here with his permission.

Dramatis Personae

Jurgen Habermas = German philosopher
Theodor Adorno = German philosopher, among founders of the Frankfurt School
John Roemer = American economist
Paul Sweezy = American economic, founder of Monthly Review
Leon Trotsky = Russian revolutionary, intellectual and literary critic
Karl Liebknecht = German revolutionary, founder of Communist Party of Germany
Antonio Gramsci = Italian intellectual and revolutionary
Alexandra Kollontai = Russian revolutionary, Soviet Ambassador to Norway
Rosa Luxemburg = Polish revolutionary, founder of Communist Party of Germany
Georgy Plekhanov = Russian intellectual and revolutionary
David Ryazanov = Russian intellectual and revolutionary


Gesamtausgabe = Collected works of Marx and Engels
embodied labour = labour time spent making a commodity
counterfactual labour = labour time necessary to make a commodity

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