Critical Theory and Libertarian Socialism

Realizing the Political Potential of Critical Social Theory

Author: Charles Masquelier

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441119280

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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This volume in the Critical Theory and Contemporary Society series examines the role critical theory plays in today's political, social, and economic crises, showing how it can help to both diagnose and remedy such problems. Critical social theory is first revisited by exposing the affinity between Marx's critique of political economy, the critique of instrumental reason elaborated by the first generation of the Frankfurt School, and the libertarian socialism of G.D.H. Cole. This is followed by a proposal for a radical reorganization of economic and political life and the corresponding development of emancipatory practices presupposing the reconciliation of humanity and nature. Lastly, the contemporary relevance of these institutions and practices are discussed, along with cases of contemporary forms of resistance, such as the Occupy Movement and alter-globalisation. By bringing together the concerns of critical theory and libertarian socialism, this volume not only illustrates the practical side of critical theory, but also highlights its contemporary relevance. Researchers in political theory, social theory and political philosophy will find this an engaging work that will stimulate debates about new alternatives to existing problems.
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Critical Theory and the Crisis of Contemporary Capitalism

Author: Heiko Feldner,Fabio Vighi

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 144113784X

Category: Political Science

Page: 152

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This volume reassesses the nature of the current global economic crisis and its implication for the 21st century, through the unique lens of Marx's theory of the value-form as the unconscious matrix of modern society. Going beyond orthodox Marxist and postmodernist accounts, the author offers fresh new readings of Marx, Benjamin, Foucault, and Žižek. Here he argues that capitalism has not only entered its greatest crisis since WWII, but has in fact reached its historical limit and is in terminal decline. In this light, the book seeks to answer how a rerun of Keynesian regulations could possibly resolve the crisis. It also inquires as to whether a Green New Deal might succeed when the gap between work to be had and work to be done widens, and what alternatives neo-Marxian approaches offer considering the failure of Marxism in the 20th century. This far-reaching, critical examination of the crisis not only builds on critical theory, but also offers new readings of key theorists that will appeal to anyone interested in political theory, critical theory, and political economy.
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Critical Theory and Disability

A Phenomenological Approach

Author: Teodor Mladenov

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1628922001

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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Critical Theory and Disability explores social and ontological issues encountered by present-day disabled people, applying ideas from disability studies and phenomenology. It focuses on disabling contexts in order to highlight and criticize the ontological assumptions of contemporary society, particularly those related to the meaning of human being. In empirical terms, the book explores critically social practices that undermine disabled people's well being, drawing on cases from contemporary Bulgaria. It includes in-depth examination of key mechanisms such as disability assessment, personal assistance (direct payments) and disability-based discrimination. On this basis, wider sociological and ontological claims are made concerning the body, identity, otherness, and exclusion.
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Modern theories of exploitation

Author: Andrew Reeve,European Consortium for Political Research

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd

ISBN: N.A

Category: Philosophy

Page: 209

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Theories of Exploitation examines the concept of exploitation and its place as a critical category in social theory. Discussion of the concept is internal to both liberalism and Marxism as well as being an obvious point of contention between the two. The contributors explain the historical emergence of themes in exploitation theories. They present exegeses of the theories of writers in the Scottish Enlightenment, the 'Ricardian Socialists', mutualists and Marx. The concerns of these writers are carried forward by essays presenting contemporary liberal theories, and theories based on the notion that socialism or communism is ethically superior to capitalism.
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The History of the Left from Marx to the Present

Theoretical Perspectives

Author: Darrow Schecter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780826428493

Category: Gauche (Science politique)

Page: 240

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Focuses on Marx's theories and the diverse struggles for human emancipation that have characterized European and world history since the French Revolution. This title explores the crucial question of how to institutionalize the relation between humanity and nature in a free society of fully humanized individuals.
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Libertarian Socialism

Politics in Black and Red

Author: Alex Prichard,Ruth Kinna,Saku Pinta,Dave Berry

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 1137284757

Category: Political Science

Page: 328

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The history of the left is usually told as one of factionalism and division. This collection of essays casts new light on this history showing in more detail how the boundaries between marxism and anarchism have been more porous and more productive than is conventionally recognized. Bringing together original and ground-breaking pieces on some of the best and least known actors in twentieth-century socialism, this book promises to break new ground by providing a fresh outlook on left wing synthesis in the twenty-first Century. The political and social thought of Gramsci, Sorel, and the Trinidadian, C. L. R. James, amongst others, are discussed alongside key movements in 20th century socialism including the Situationist International, Socialisme ou Barbarie and lesser known council communists, carnival anarchists and anarchic currents in the American civil rights movement. This is a must read for students and scholars interested in the development of socialist ideologies.
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Contemporary Political Philosophy

An Introduction

Author: Will Kymlicka

Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198782748

Category: Philosophy

Page: 497

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"This new edition of Will Kymlicka's best selling critical introduction to contemporary political theory has been fully revised to include many of the most significant developments in Anglo-American political philosophy in the last 11 years, particularly the new debates on political liberalism, deliberative democracy, civic republicanism, nationalism, and cultural pluralism." "The book now includes two new chapters on citizenship theory and multiculturalism, in addition to updated chapters on utilitarianism, liberal egalitarianism, libertarianism, Marxism, communitarianism, and feminism. Extended guides to further reading have been added at the end of each chapter, listing the most important books and articles on each school of thought, as well as relevant journals and web sites."--BOOK JACKET.
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A Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge Revivals)

Author: Nigel Ashford,Stephen Davies

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136708332

Category: Political Science

Page: 306

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First published in 1991, this is a reissue of the path-breaking Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought, the first book to examine the ideals and arguments produced by the intellectual traditions of both conservatism and classical liberalism. Covering the ideas of many such distinguished thinkers as Hayek, Scruton, Friedman and Buchanan, the volume provides a valuable survey of the historical development of both schools of thought in all of the major western countries and their contributions to contemporary debates. From American Conservatism to French Liberalism, Invisible Hand to Organic Society, from Scientism to Scepticism and Utopianism to Voluntarism, this is a vital work whose reissue will be welcomed as much by the keen layperson as by students of political science, the history of philosophy, economics and public policy.
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Anthropology, Ecology, and Anarchism

A Brian Morris Reader

Author: Brian Morris

Publisher: PM Press

ISBN: 1604860936

Category: Political Science

Page: 296

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Over the course of a long career, Brian Morris has created an impressive body of engaging and insightful writings—from social anthropology and ethnography to politics, history, and philosophy—that is accessible to the layperson without sacrificing analytical rigor. But until now, the essays collected here, originally published in obscure journals and political magazines, have been largely unavailable to the broad readership to which they are so naturally suited. The opposite of arcane, specialized writing, Morris’s work takes an interdisciplinary approach that offers connections between various scholarly interests and anarchist politics and thought. There is a long history of anarchist writers drawing upon works in a range of fields, and Morris’s essays both explore past connections and suggest ways that broad currents of anarchist thought will have new and ever-emerging relevance for anthropology and many other ways of understanding social relationships.
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Socialism, Economic Calculation and Entrepreneurship

Author: Jes£s Huerta de Soto

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1849805008

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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This highly topical book presents a new theory on the characteristics of entrepreneurial knowledge. It explores the recent shift among professional economists and scholars in their evaluation of the debate of socialism. Socialism, Economic Calculation and Entrepreneurship presents an application of Israel M. Kirzner's theory of entrepreneurship to the theory of the impossibility of socialism. It discusses the influence of the fall of socialism, with particular reference to the evolution of economic thought.
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