Kohei Saito

(C) Erika Shimamoto


Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo


Kohei is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tokyo. He received his PhD from Humboldt University in Berlin. He works on ecology and political economy from a Marxist perspective. His latest bestseller, Capital in the Anthropocene, has been credited with inspiring a resurgence of interest in Marxist thought throughout Japan. Due to his desire to continue his research on post-capitalism and the Anthropocene, he felt the need to interact with theories and practices that are rapidly developing in Europe, especially in Germany, as a response to the deepening of the climate and economic crises.

Kohei will join THE NEW INSTITUTE in the academic year 2024/25 as Chair of the program Beyond Capitalism: War Economy and Democratic Planning.


Marx in the Anthropocene: Towards the Idea of Degrowth Communism, 2023

‘’Capital’’ in the Anthropocene, 2020

Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism: Capital, Nature and the Unfinished Critique of Political Economy,
New York: Monthly Review Press, 2017

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