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New Materialism: Interviews & Cartographies

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Book Series: New Metaphysics ISBN: 9781607852810 9781607852810 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Open Humanities Press
Subject: Social Sciences --- Philosophy
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This book is the first monograph on the theme of “new materialism,” an emerging trend in 21st century thought that has already left its mark in such fields as philosophy, cultural theory, feminism, science studies, and the arts. The first part of the book contains elaborate interviews with some of the most prominent new materialist scholars of today: Rosi Braidotti, Manuel DeLanda, Karen Barad, and Quentin Meillassoux. The second part situates the new materialist tradition in contemporary thought by singling out its transversal methodology, its position on sexual differing, and by developing the ethical and political consequences of new materialism.

The Post-Human Society. Elemental Contours of the Aesthetic Economy of the United States

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ISBN: 9783110455311 9783110455465 Year: Pages: 112 DOI: 10.1515/9783110455311 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Economics --- Sociology
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The Post-Human Society is a rich, unique, path-breaking, belletristic and literary 'crie de coeur' work - a lyrical expose of all the internal infelicities (social, political, aesthetic) of the United States of America. In its vivid contrasting of the mores of competition, avarice, and greed to communitarian, co-respecting and co-operative values, it abounds with colorful, vibrant, breathtaking images and tropes. Utilizing a novel, First Person Narrative, the author Rajani Kanth offers a poignant critique of the rabid, runaway materialism that has been the bane of all modernist, European societies, to date. It is evocative in its approach to the fading genre of the iconic anthropology/sociology classics of the yesteryear.Ultimately, it is a critique of the ruling ethos of our times: Eurocentrism - i.e., selfish and acquisitive materialism, of which the contemporary USA is the trend-setter and the unchallenged gold standard. DR. RAJANI KANTH has an MA in Social Anthropology from the Delhi School of Economics, India, and a PhD in Economics from the New School for Social Research, New York, USA. After serving as Economic Advisor to the UN in New York, he taught as University Professor, and is currently based at Harvard University.

Knowledge in the Age of Digital Capitalism: An Introduction to Cognitive Materialism

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ISBN: 9781911534242 9781911534259 9781911534266 9781911534273 Year: Pages: 272 DOI: 10.16997/book3 Language: English
Publisher: University of Westminster Press
Subject: Sociology --- Media and communication --- Philosophy --- Information theory --- Science (General)
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Knowledge in the Age of Digital Capitalism proposes a new critical theory concerning the functioning of capitalism and how we consider knowledge and information. This ambitious book systematically and lucidly introduces contemporary phenomena into the framework of cognitive materialism to address some of the great themes of the social sciences: knowledge, exploitation and social class in an account of capitalism as totality in the present day. Author Mariano Zukerfeld reinvigorates materialist study of communications, presenting a typology of knowledge to explain the underlying material forms of information, intellectual property and cognitive work in contemporary societies. Using current examples the book also examines concerns such as free labour and the pivotal role of intellectual property. The book offers nothing less than an introduction to the theory of cognitive materialism and an account of the entirety of the digital (or knowledge) capitalism of our time.

Work, Sex and Power

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ISBN: 9780745333410 9781783712724 9781783712731 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Pluto Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102191
Subject: History
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This is the history of the world, from the origins of the Cosmos to the present day, seen through three major narratives: work, sex and power - the forces that have done more than any other to shape the world as we see it now. It expertly explores the foundations of our developing society by showing how these grand themes have recurred throughout the various phases of global history. From communities of Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers, through feudalism and onto the capitalistic machine-civilisation of recent centuries, Willie Thompson takes us on a journey that is fundamentally opposed to mainstream histories which concentrate on monarchs, politicians and military commanders. At the centre of this book lies the interaction between humans and their environment. By exploring history in this way, it reveals a simple yet powerful materialist understanding of how we got to where we are today, and opens a door to a different reading of our world.

Communication and Capitalism

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ISBN: 9781912656714 Year: Pages: 406 DOI: 10.16997/book45 Language: English
Publisher: University of Westminster Press
Subject: Information theory --- Political Science --- Media and communication --- Economics --- Philosophy --- Sociology
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‘An authoritative analysis of the role of communication in contemporary capitalism and an important contribution to debates about the forms of domination and potentials for liberation in today’s capitalist society.’ — Professor Michael Hardt, Duke University, co-author of the tetralogy Empire, Commonwealth, Multitude, and Assembly ‘A comprehensive approach to understanding and transcending the deepening crisis of communicative capitalism. It is a major work of synthesis and essential reading for anyone wanting to know what critical analysis is and why we need it now more than ever.’ — Professor Graham Murdock, Emeritus Professor, University of Loughborough and co-editor of The Handbook of Political Economy of Communications Communication and Capitalism outlines foundations of a critical theory of communication. Going beyond Jürgen Habermas’ theory of communicative action, Christian Fuchs outlines a communicative materialism that is a critical, dialectical, humanist approach to theorising communication in society and in capitalism. The book renews Marxist Humanism as a critical theory perspective on communication and society. The author theorises communication and society by engaging with the dialectic, materialism, society, work, labour, technology, the means of communication as means of production, capitalism, class, the public sphere, alienation, ideology, nationalism, racism, authoritarianism, fascism, patriarchy, globalisation, the new imperialism, the commons, love, death, metaphysics, religion, critique, social and class struggles, praxis, and socialism. Fuchs renews the engagement with the questions of what it means to be a human and a humanist today and what dangers humanity faces today.

«In carne e ossa»: il corpo nelle opere di Georg Büchner

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Book Series: Biblioteca di Studi di Filologia Moderna ISBN: 9788864530048 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_341472 Language: Italian
Publisher: Firenze University Press
Subject: Philosophy --- Languages and Literatures
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In the critical literature on Georg Büchner this monograph represents the first organic work devoted to the subject of the body – a pivotal issue for an understanding of his writings. The book investigates the significance assumed by the human body in three spheres of analysis: the political, the erotic and the scientific-philosophical. In the latter area the analysis hinges on the relations between Büchner's work and the writings of the three principal French materialist philosophers of the eighteenth century: La Mettrie, d'Holbach and Helvétius. The appraisal of this relation illustrates not only Büchner's appropriation of the legacy of ideas of French materialism, but also moments in which he satirises, sarcastically criticises or outrightly rejects certain central aspects of this vision of man and nature. From this analysis and the study of the political significance of the body and the erotic aspect, it emerges that the body, understood as Leib – human body, lived and living, the hub of subjective perception and experience – not only has a crucial function in the figurative layout of the literary works, but is also the focal point of Büchner's view of man, thus assuming a central importance both in the three areas examined and in the more strictly aesthetic sphere. This book won the Premio Associazione Sigismondo Malatesta "Opera Critica" - Letteratura, Teatro e Arti dello spettacolo - Edizione 2009.

Other Grounds: Breaking Free of the Correlationist Circle

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ISBN: 9780692715185 Year: Pages: 164 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0151.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Philosophy
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Is it possible to get outside your assumptions and know the world for what it is? As the 20th century came to a close, the verdict seemed to be a resounding “no,” but in recent years a renaissance in speculative thought has sparked new lines of inquiry into de-centering the human. Other Grounds enters this conversation with a decidedly lively voice and an ambitious project to match. Not only can we believe in a reality uncolored by our imaginations, says Lindsay, we can also experience it. Closely argued yet expansive in its reach, Other Grounds is built on the premise that we are by our very nature de-centered – that more than one agent is at work in the human body, and that this plurality can serve as a gateway to the experience of otherness in general. Leading the reader with a steady hand through the literature on coincident entities, set theory and the kinesthetic work of F.M. Alexander, Lindsay makes the case for the possibility of objects interceding on us from their own grounds. The result is that rare specimen in the annals of critical thought: a book that is as reasoned as it is readable, as sage as it is sardonic, and unmistakably original throughout.

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Ethics and Objects

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ISBN: 9780615625355 Year: Pages: 295 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0006.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Social Sciences
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Animal, Mineral, Vegetable examines what happens when we cease to assume that only humans exert agency. Through a careful examination of medieval, early modern and contemporary lifeworlds, these essays collectively argue against ecological anthropocentricity. Sheep, wolves, camels, flowers, chairs, magnets, landscapes, refuse and gems are more than mere objects. They act; they withdraw; they make demands; they connect within lively networks that might foster a new humanism, or that might proceed with indifference towards human affairs. Through what ethics do we respond to these activities and forces? To what futures do these creatures and objects invite us, especially when they appear within the texts and cultures of the “distant” past?

Derrida after the End of Writing

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Book Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy ISBN: 9780823277834 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Fordham University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101633
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This book explores some of the implications of interpreting Derrida through the new materialist lens of technicity or plasticity, attending to the significance of ethics, religion and politics in his later work. Here the intersection of religion and politics becomes the site for Derrida to develop a “political theology without sovereignty.” By reading Derrida from a new materialist perspective, fresh readings are offered of his ideas of sovereignty, religion, responsibility, and mourning, including engagements with Malabou, Timothy Morton, John D. Caputo, and Karen Barad...Derrida’s philosophy is relevant not just for human ethical language and animality, but to profound developments in the physical and natural sciences, as well as ecology. Here is a new reading of Derrida beyond the conventional understandings of poststructuralism and deconstruction, that is responsive to and critical of some of the newer trends in Continental philosophy.

Per un nuovo materialismo : Presupposti antropologici ed etico-politici

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ISBN: 9788878856448 DOI: 10.4000/books.res.1370 Language: Italian
Publisher: Rosenberg & Sellier
Subject: Philosophy
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Questo libro chiude una trilogia i cui momenti precedenti sono dati da Un parricidio mancato (2004), dedicato a un’analisi critica eterodossa del rapporto del giovane Marx con i suoi numi tutelari Hegel e Feuerbach, e Un parricidio compiuto (2014), che trattava della relazione ormai risolta del Marx maturo con Hegel. Nei capitoli-saggi che compongono il nuovo volume, l’autore, ampliando il discorso attraverso una lettura attenta di Freud, una ripresa di Spinoza, e con un confronto con la stessa tradizione postidealistica e antiheideggeriana del pensiero italiano (è una perla il capitolo su un maestro dimenticato come Guido Calogero), mette capo a un’originale proposta teorica: quella di un’antropologia filosofica dell’emancipazione basata su una visione bio-psicoanalitica della relazione corpo-mente nell’essere umano. Il fine è di concorrere così alla costruzione di una nuova etica sociale materialistica, al di là del vecchio materialismo storico, capace di sfidare le seduzioni più allettanti dell’individualismo atomizzante del consumo e del mercato. Una prospettiva che interviene direttamente nell’odierna crisi generale della sinistra, mostrando come questa sia anzitutto di ordine teorico e poi anche politico.

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