Philosopher and sociologist. He trained at the Institut für Sozialforschung in Frankfurt (Germany), later joining the United States. where he is a professor of sociology at the University of Chicago.
The core of his work revolves around a rereading of Marx's mature work capable of returning to this author the centrality for the understanding of the contemporary world that in Sometimes he has been denied, thus removing him from the clumsiness with which the bulk of traditional Marxism has approached him. Postone has also worked on the Holocaust and Nazism, as well as on different contemporary thinkers: Habermas, Derrida, Bourdieu, etc.