‘The Desire of Psychoanalysis: Exercises in Lacanian Thinking’ by Gabriel Tupinambá

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) A groundbreaking interrogation of psychoanalysis by one of the world’s best newly emerging leading theorists. The Desire of Psychoanalysis proposes that recognizing how certain theoretical and institutional problems in Lacanian psychoanalysis are grounded in the historical conditions of Lacan’s own thinking might allow us to overcome these impasses. In order to accomplish this, Gabriel TupinambáContinue reading “‘The Desire of Psychoanalysis: Exercises in Lacanian Thinking’ by Gabriel Tupinambá”

‘The Dispossessed: Karl Marx’s Debates on Wood Theft and the Right of the Poor’ by Daniel Bensaïd

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) The politics of dispossession are everywhere. Troubling developments in intellectual property, genomics, and biotechnology are undermining established concepts of property, while land appropriation and ecological crises reconfigure basic institutions of ownership. In The Dispossessed, Daniel Bensaïd examines Karl Marx’s early writings to establish a new framework for addressing the rights of the poor, the ideaContinue reading “‘The Dispossessed: Karl Marx’s Debates on Wood Theft and the Right of the Poor’ by Daniel Bensaïd”

‘Hegel and the Symbolic Mediation of Spirit’ by Katheleen Dow Magnus

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Employs Derrida’s critique of Hegel as the impetus for a new understanding of Hegel’s concept of “spirit.” Contesting the widely-held assumption that Hegel shows a clear preference for the sign over the symbol, this book expounds the indispensable importance of the symbol for spirit’s ultimate determination. Employing Derrida’s critique of Hegel as the impetusContinue reading “‘Hegel and the Symbolic Mediation of Spirit’ by Katheleen Dow Magnus”

‘Hegel, Marx and the Contemporary World’ by Kaveh Boveiri, Emmanuel Chaput & Arnaud Theurillat-Cloutier

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) This book is the result of a three-day conference held in April 2014 at the University of Montreal, Canada, discussing the relevance of the work of Hegel and Marx in today’s world, particularly with regard to the ecological, economic, political and anthropological crisis facing humanity. Accordingly, the book an exploration of the specific natureContinue reading “‘Hegel, Marx and the Contemporary World’ by Kaveh Boveiri, Emmanuel Chaput & Arnaud Theurillat-Cloutier”

‘Marx’s Capital and Hegel’s Logic: A Reexamination’ by Fred Moseley and Tony Smith

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) This book provides a wide-ranging and in-depth reappraisal of the relation between Marx’s economic theory in Capital and Hegel’s Logic by leading Marxian economists and philosophers from around the world. The subjects dealt with include: systematic dialectics, the New Dialectics, materialism vs. idealism, Marx’s ‘inversion’ of Hegel, Hegel’s Concept logic (universality-particularity-singularity), Hegel’s Essence logic (essence-appearance), Marx’s levelsContinue reading “‘Marx’s Capital and Hegel’s Logic: A Reexamination’ by Fred Moseley and Tony Smith”

‘The Communist Ideal in Hegel and Marx’ by David MacGregor

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) One reader has called this study, first published in 1984, ‘easily the best book on the relation of Hegel to Marx’. With spirited argument, MacGregor demonstrates that Hegelian logic suited Marx’s purpose so well because it already contained the unique elements that later appeared in Marx’s social theory, including the notions of surplus valueContinue reading “‘The Communist Ideal in Hegel and Marx’ by David MacGregor”

‘Introducing Hegel: A Graphic Guide’ by Lloyd Spencer & Andrzej Krauze

DOWNLOAD(.epub) Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is one of the greatest thinkers of all time. No other philosopher has had such a profound impact on the ideas and political events of the 20th century. Hegel’s influential writings on philosophy, politics, history and art are parts of a larger systematic whole. They are also among the mostContinue reading “‘Introducing Hegel: A Graphic Guide’ by Lloyd Spencer & Andrzej Krauze”

‘In Defense of Hegel’s Madness’ by Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) The article is a confrontation with Robert Brandom’s reading of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit, his attempt to systematically “renormalize” Hegel, i.e., to reduce his extravagant formulations to the criteria of common sense. The article analyses a number of Brandom’s “domestications” of Hegel’s speculative concepts: self-relating, determinate negation, mediation, In-itself, action, knowledge, Spirit, reconciliation, history.Continue reading “‘In Defense of Hegel’s Madness’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘Hegel and Modern Society’ by Charles Taylor

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) This rich study explores the elements of Hegel’s social and political thought that are most relevant to our society today. Combating the prevailing post-World War II stereotype of Hegel as a proto-fascist, Charles Taylor argues that Hegel aimed not to deny the rights of individuality but to synthesise them with the intrinsic good ofContinue reading “‘Hegel and Modern Society’ by Charles Taylor”

Alain Badiou on Descartes and the ‘Materialist Dialectic’

. . . In Descartes, we find an intuition of the same order regarding the ontological status of truths. We know that Descartes gives the name of ‘substance’ to the general form of being as really existing. ‘What there is’ is substance. Every ‘thing’ is substance: it is figure and movement in extended substance; itContinue reading “Alain Badiou on Descartes and the ‘Materialist Dialectic’”