Capitalism, Alienation and Critique

Capitalism, Alienation and Critique : Studies in Economy and Dialectics (Dialectics, Deontology and Democracy, Vol. I)

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In Capitalism, Alienation and Critique Asger Sorensen offers a wide-ranging argument for the classical Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School, thus endorsing the dialectical approach of the original founders (Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse) and criticizing suggested revisions of later generations (Habermas, Honneth). Being situated within the horizon of the late 20th century Cultural Marxism, the main issue is the critique of capitalism, emphasizing experiences of injustice, ideology and alienation, and in particular exploring two fundamental subject matters within this horizon, namely economy and dialectics. Apart from in-depth discussions of classical political economy and Hegelian dialectics, the explorative and inclusive argument also takes issues with Emile Durkheim's theory of value, the general economy of Georges Bataille and the dialectics of Mao Zedong.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 326 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 25.4mm | 670g
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English
  • 900436241X
  • 9789004362413
  • 1,677,369

Table of contents

List of Abbreviations

Presentation: Dialectics, Deontology and Democracy
Interlude: Arguing for Classical Critical Theory: Horkheimer, Marcuse et al.

Part 1: Economy
1 An Alternative Agenda for Political Economy: Durkheim et al.
2 From Restricted Economy to General Economy - and Back: Bataille

Part 2: Dialectics
3 On the Contribution of Dialectics: Plato et al.
4 Totalizing Negativity and Change: Bataille, Hegel et al.
5 From Ontology to Epistemology: Tong, Mao and Hegel
6 Critique presupposes Alienation: Hegel
7 On the Way to Liberation: Marcuse

Postscript: Continuing the Critique of Capitalism and Political Economy
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Review quote

'The spectrum of ideas and ideologies presented and toyed with in the book is immense, even if inevitably partial, and what is presented and toyed with is done so in a competent, intelligent and perceptive manner, as well as in an articulate, meticulous and subtle one.' - Giorgio Baruchello (University of Akureyri, Iceland), in Nordicum-Mediterraneum, vol. 12.1 (2017).
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About Asger Sorensen

Asger Sorensen, Ph.D. (1999) & (1992), University of Copenhagen, is Associate Professor at Aarhus University. He has published extensively on ethics, social and political philosophy and philosophy of education. He currently serves as president of the Danish Philosophical Association.
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