The Philosophical Roots of Anti-Capitalism

The Philosophical Roots of Anti-Capitalism : Essays on History, Culture, and Dialectical Thought

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This book examines the origins of philosophy in Greek Antiquity and considers key moments of philosophic history as related to revolutionary change, from the French Revolution of 1789 to the May Events of 1968 and beyond. David Black reads Hegel's philosophy-which seems to come to the fore at various "birthtimes in history"-as anticipating Marx's critique of capital, in which the logic of the system intimates a realm beyond it.
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  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 18mm | 339.99g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739173952
  • 9780739173954
  • 1,438,237

Table of contents


Part One
The Philosophical Roots of Anti-Capitalism
1 - The 'Secret Identity' of the Commodity Form
2 - The Capitalism of Philosophy? The Greek Origins of Abstraction
3 - Rethinking the 'Origins of Abstraction'
4 - Comedy and Tragedy
5 - The Poiesis of Orpheus -Fragmentation and Wholeness
6 - Hegel's Minerva
7 - Community and Civil Society
8 - Kant and the 'Autonomous Intellect'
9 - Capitalism: De-Socialized Labor
10 - Absolute Negativity as Anti-Capitalism

Part Two
Critique of the Situationist Dialect: Art, Class-Consciousnesness, and Reification
1 - Art
Surrealism and the Crisis of the Object
In the Beginning was the Letter
Unitary Urbanism, Derive and Detournement
Asger Jorn, the Artists and the Founding of the Situationist International
2 - Class Consciousness
Socialisme ou Barbarie
The Critique of Everyday Life and the Hegelian Dialectic
3 - Reification
The Theory of the Spectacle-Commodity and the Influence of Georg Lukacs
Situationist Council Communism
The Integrated Spectacle and Globalization

Part Three
Labor and Value: from the Greek Polis to Globalized State-Capitalism
Reification in the 21st Century - Lukacs' Dialectic
Ends of History and New Beginnings: Hegel and the 'Dialectics of Philosophy and Organization'
Conclusion - Philosophy and Revolution in the Twenty-First Century
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Black has . . . outlined a convincing criticism of the dogmatic view that the philosophical logic of Hegel represents the logic of capital. . . .The majority of the book offers important arguments providing reasons for recognising the importance of philosophy for studying the character of contemporary capitalism. Black also relates these themes to the historically important work of Marx, Hegel and Lukacs. This book can be recommended in the study of the role of philosophy for promotion of perceptive study of capitalism. * Marx and Philosophy Review of Books * The well-respected historian of philosophy, David Black, has shown himself to be a consummate philosopher, so much so that he has produced a work that will stand the test of time as a major contribution to the Marxist tradition of philosophical works. His new work is a major achievement, and one that speaks directly to the historical times that we unhappily inhabit. This work is more than a feast for academics, it is necessary fuel for revolution, a revolution that is in the making and that will benefit greatly from this work. Should the coming socialist revolution begin to turn into its opposite, this is the work that we will need to read-again and again-to get back on track. -- Peter McLaren, Honorary Chair Professor and Director of the Center for Critical Studies, Northeast Normal University, China
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About David Black

David Black is an independent scholar and journalist. His previous books are 1839: The Chartist Insurrection with co-author Chris Ford, Helen Macfarlane: A Feminist, Revolutionary Journalist and Philosopher in Mid-19th Century England, and Acid: A New Secret History of LSD.
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