Paul Mattick Jr.

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Paul Mattick Jr. (born 1944) is the son of German emigres Paul Mattick Sr. (1904-1981) and Ilse (Hamm) Mattick (1919-2009).

He was involved in the council communist group Root and Branch, which sporadically published a magazine/pamphlet series, starting in 1969. Other members included Jeremy Brecher, Alice Comack, Martin Comack, Frieda Cyker, Peter St Clair, Elizabeth Long, William Russell, Elizabeth Jones, George Scialabba, and Peter Rachleff.[1][2] The group also sponsored public meetings; speakers included Ralph Miliband, Christian Wolff, Cornelius Castoriadis, Richard Lewontin, Frank Marquart, Paul Mattick, and others.

Mattick obtained his PhD in philosophy from Harvard in 1981, and taught philosophy at the New England Conservatory of Music, Bennington College, and Adelphi University.

He was the editor of the International Journal of Political Economy, and is the author of Social Knowledge: An Essay on the Nature and Limits of Social Science (1986, 2d ed. 2020), Art in Its Time: Theories and Practices of Modern Aesthetics (2003), Business as Usual: The Economic Crisis and the Failure of Capitalism (2011), and Theory as Critique: Essays on Capital (2018). He has been the Field Notes (politics) editor of the Brooklyn Rail ( since 2014.


  1. ^ "Root and Branch Archive". Archived from the original on October 28, 2004. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  2. ^ Root and Branch, Ed. (1975). Root and Branch: The Rise of the Workers' Movements. Greenwich, Conn.: Fawcett Publications.

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