What is the difference between a serial object and a model object? What is a gizmo? What is consumption in the modern world? In this episode, our season one finale, we read Jean Baudrillard's exposé on the dizzying system of objects that makes up contemporary consumer society. Listen to us discuss The System of Objects … Continue reading Radical Thoughts Podcast: The System of Objects
Piranesi by Suzanna Clarke; Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020. I always feel a little bit guilty when I fall in love with the first book by a relatively new author because I know that I’ll inevitably wait for their next work with anticipation and think of it in terms of the first book. “Ah, yes,” I’ll say, … Continue reading Review: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
In this special bonus episode, I sit down with practicing psychoanalyst and author Patricia Gherovici to discuss her work on transgender issues in psychoanalysis, questions of embodiment and subjectivity, and the accessibility of psychoanalytic practice today.
In our latest episode we discussed Franco Morreti's Signs Taken For Wonders: On the Sociology of Literary Forms. Read on to listen to more of our discussions and access our interviews with sociologists and writers like Hartmut Rosa and Peter Salmon.
I’ve been excitedly awaiting Jairus Banaji’s A Brief History of Commercial Capitalism for some time. His book Theory as History is one of the most interesting works of Marxist scholarship concerning modes of production, divisions of labour, and agrarian studies to date. I find his work particularly interesting because he stresses both the importance of … Continue reading Reading “A Brief History of Commercial Capitalism”
It seems common practice nowadays to fit Marx into one kind of triad or another. Marx-Lenin-Mao, for instance. Or Marx-Freud-Nietzsche - Ricoeur’s three “masters of suspicion.” Henri Lefebvre, eclectic and imaginative as ever, gives us his own triad of Continental giants in his aptly titled, newly translated, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche (or, The Realm of Shadows). … Continue reading Henri Lefebvre’s “Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche”
On the latest episode of Radical Thoughts we discuss the book Liberalism and Democracy by the Italian politician and legal theorist Norberto Bobbio. We talk about the history of Liberalism, the relationship of the individual to the State, and how radicals should conceive of democracy. Listen to the full episode on buzzsprout or subscribe on … Continue reading Radical Thoughts Podcast 5: Liberalism and Democracy
On the question of the state, what Negro, particularly below the Mason-Dixon line, believes that the bourgeois state is a state above all classes, serving the needs of all the people? They may not formulate their belief in Marxist terms, but their experience drives them to reject this shibboleth of bourgeois democracy. On the question … Continue reading NOTES BEFORE AN INEVITABLE COLLAPSE
I realized I haven’t been linking to new podcast episodes on this blog as they’re released! Our latest discussion on Radical Thoughts Podcast is available now. In this episode we discuss Theodore Adorno’s Minima Moralia: Reflections from a Damaged Life. If you’d like to help the podcast and get bonus episodes where I conduct interviews … Continue reading Radical Thoughts Podcast: Minima Moralia
The attempt to turn back to theory such that the Marxist approach to knowledge itself can be explained is commendable. The (re)introduction of certain levels of abstraction - particularly the separation of the "mode of production" and the "social formation" - are important and remain influential, impressively they have become important in some forms of anthropological practice itself. But many the most important features of Althusser's work are themselves marred by the entire "problematic" or theory of theory that they are integrated within. There’s a circularity to Althusser’s claim of at once maintaining fidelity to Marx’s word while stating that Marx’s words couldn’t be Marxist enough. The autonomous theory still has to try and connect to reality, but it simultaneously wants to refute the “empiricist” subject/object relationship. Althusser’s solution is unclear, and perhaps contradictory.