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“Marxist” “philosopher”

10.03.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Slavoj Zizek on Newsnight – doubly mislabelled. He’s a jacobinist demagogue in search for “an authentic leader” – not one who tells people what to do but one who expresses what they really really want and tells them to do that. Very much what, at the time, a lot of people (and they themselves) thought ...

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base/superstructure 1 1/2: totalitarian tendencies in gramsci ?!?

10.02.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

In my previous post on Basis/Überbau I casually mention Gramsci’s totalitarian tendencies. This needs some further explanation, especially since I will use some aspects of his reconceptionalisation (as struttura/superstrutture) when arguing for the retention of this much maligned metaphor. Gramsci tries to solve the old problem of dualism of base/superstructure (which he rejects as an ...

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base/superstructure – miscellaneous snippet…

10.01.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

One of the most effective critiques of base/superstructure determinism is that by Cornelius Castoriadis in his “provisional” reckoning with Marxism. One of his more striking points is that if the determining base is itself driven by the progress of the productive forces – i.e. technology, both material and organisational – then it relies on an ...

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base/superstructure 1 – gramsci and the demise of the casanova

09.17.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Starting to evaluate what, if anything, is to be gained from an application of the Weber theses on the Protestant ethic and ‘the spirit of capitalism’ – it turns out that it is impossible to engage with them without a also undertaking a reevaluation of the theorem they have formulated against: the Marxian/Marxist base-superstructure (Basis ...

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David A Borman Critiques Honneth’s Theory of Recognition

10.15.2010 · Posted in Uncategorized

David A Borman’s 2009 paper on ‘Labour, Exchange and Recognition’ gave me a bit of a shock as, at first, it looked like making the same points as my 2010 paper on ‘Reciprocity, Recognition and Labor Value’ … and thus robbing me of any claim to originality. For example when specifying the recognition function of commodity exchange: ...

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