Critical Theory; Marxism, German Idealism; the history of political thought; literature and politics; the history and theory of the novel, especially the nineteenth-century European realist novel
Matthew J. Smetona is Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Intellectual Heritage Program. His current research project is a book, under contract with The MIT Press, titled Recovering the Later Georg Lukács: The Unity of Aesthetics, Politics, and Ontology. His first book, Hegel’s Logical Comprehension of the Modern State, was published in 2013 by Lexington Books and reviewed in Perspectives on Politics. He is the author of peer-reviewed articles published in Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, Angelaki, Theoria, Rethinking Marxism, Telos, and Epoché; Journal for the History of Philosophy, a book chapter forthcoming in Georg Lukács and the Possibilities of Critical Social Ontology (Brill, 2019) (ed. Michael J. Thompson) and a book chapter published in Hegel’s Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Politics (Routledge, 2018) (ed. Michael J. Thompson); and a book review published in The Philosophical Quarterly. He serves on the editorial board of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities as a contributing editor and he has served as a manuscript referee for The University of Michigan Press, Routledge, Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, European Journal of Political Theory, and Journal of Social Philosophy. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Temple University.
Recovering the Later Georg Lukács: The Unity of Aesthetics, Politics, and Ontology, under contract with The MIT Press
Hegel’s Logical Comprehension of the Modern State. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2013.
Reviewed in Perspectives on Politics vol. 12, no. 4 (Dec. 2014): 907-909.
Peer Reviewed Articles:
“Lukács and the Project of a Marxist Literary History: Balzac and Dostoevsky.” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory vol. 20, no. 3 (2018): 340-370.
“Reification: A Defense of Lukács’s Original Formulation.” Forthcoming in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities vol. 23, no. 5 (2018).
“On the interrelation of production and reproduction: The analytical contribution of Marxist-feminism.” Theoria: A Journal of Political and Social Theory vol. 65, no. 156 (Sep. 2018): 52-75.
“Marx’s normative understanding of the capitalist system.” Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture & Society vol. 27, no. 1 (Jan. 2015): 51-64.
“Hegel and Marx on the spurious infinity of modern civil society.” Telos vol. 166 (Spring 2014): 122-142.
“Marx’s inferential commitment to Hegel’s idealism in the Grundrisse.” Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy vol. 16, no. 2 (2012): 351-372.
“Lukács’s ontology of social being and the material basis of intentionality.” Forthcoming in Georg Lukács and the Possibilities of Critical Social Ontology, ed. Michael J. Thompson. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2019.
“Hegel and the end of a particular historical development.” In Hegel’s Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Politics, ed. Michael J. Thompson. London and New York: Routledge, forthcoming.
Hegel and the Metaphysical Frontiers of Political Theory. The Philosophical Quarterly vol. 66, no. 263 (April 2016): 426-429.
Intellectual Heritage 0851 and 0951 (Honors)
Intellectual Heritage 0852 and 0952 (Honors)
Introduction to Political Philosophy