Dan Swain completed his PhD at the University of Essex in 2014, focusing on the Marx’s ethics. He has written widely on Marx and Marxism, including two books None So Fit to Break the Chains: Marx’s Ethics of Self-Emancipation (2019) and Alienation: An Introduction to Marx’s Theory (2012) and a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx. In 2015 he joined the Department of Humanities at the Czech University of Life Sciences as an Assistant Professor, where he teaches philosophy and political science. In 2019 he joined the Institute of Philosophy as part of a three-year project funded by the Czech Science Agency entitled ‘Towards a New Ontology of Social Cohesion’.
Within this project, he focuses on the concept of prefigurative politics and how it is used in the theory and practice of social movements. Broadly, this concept concerns the various ways in which movements and theorists seek to embody or represent the future they desire in their contemporary practice, and thus this work intersects with a range of themes in contemporary philosophy, including the relationship between critical theory and practice, notions of historical time and memory, utopia and dystopia, and notions of performance and performativity.




Professional interests:

Marx and Marxism, Critical Theory, Social Movements, Prefigurative Politics.


Selected publications:

Swain, D. 2019. Not Not but Not Yet: Present and Future in Prefigurative Politics. Political Studies, 67(1), 47–62. https://doi.org/10.1177/0032321717741233

Swain, D. 2018. Alienation, or Why Capitalism is Bad for Us. In Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx, edited by Matt Vidal, Tony Smith, Tomás Rotta, and Paul Prew. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190695545.013.12

Swain, D. 2018. Marx, Pashukanis and the Form of Justice. Contradictions/Kontradikce 2(1), 13-32.

Swain, D. 2012. Alienation: An Introduction to Marx’s Theory. London: Bookmarks.