Eugene Kamenka

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Eugene Kamenka (4 March 1928 – 19 January 1994) was born in Cologne in 1928 and taken to Australia in 1937. He was educated at the Sydney Technical High School, and went on to take first-class honours in philosophy at the University of Sydney under John Anderson. His doctoral thesis, The Ethical Foundations of Marxism, for the Australian National University, was published in 1962. Kamenka lectured in philosophy at the University of Singapore and lectured and researched in Europe, North America and most countries in Asia; he was a Professor and the Head of the History of Ideas Unit at the Institute of Advanced Studies of the Australian National University, and lived in Canberra.

Together with his second wife, Alice Erh-Soon Tay, a professor of jurisprudence at Sydney University and scholar of comparative and Asian legal systems, Dr. Kamenka authored several works in philosophy of law and comparative law.[1]

He died in Canberra.


  • Marxism and Ethics (1969)
  • A World in Revolution? (1970)
  • The Philosophy of Ludwig Feuerbach (1970)
  • Nationalism: The Nature and Evolution of an Idea (1976)
  • The Portable Karl Marx (1983)
  • Bureaucracy (1989)

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