Category Archives: 3. POLITICAL EPISTEMOLOGY

THE HUMAN FACE OF NECESSARY DISCIPLINE (4,400 words, 2020)

Abstract:  Review article of J. Dean, Comrade. Keywords: Jodi Dean, comrade, communism, communist party, discipline, messianism, cognition, exempla First published as “Jodi Dean’s Comrade” (review article) in Socialism & Democracy no. 83 (July 2020):  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080 08854300 .2020.1805263 

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THUS SPAKE THE BITTER MUSE (2,250 words, 2009)

Abstract: Long poem in the denunciatory style of the Tanakh prophets, somewhat Hellenised. Repeated line and conclusion: “Do not profit by the blood of your fellows”.  Keywords: Muse, Mammon, justice, death First published in Socialism & Democracy no. 83 (July … Continue reading

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ILLUMINATING FREEDOM AND KNOWLEDGE IN KAPITAL (3,500 words, 2015)

Abstract: To understand some central presuppositions of Marx’s, such as knowledge and freedom, within an anti-scientistic and anti-bourgeois horizon, central elements within Leibniz and Spinosa are discussed, with a glance at Hegel. Capital turns out to be an anti-Leibnizian monad, … Continue reading

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WORDS AND LESIONS (16,800 words, 2018)

Abstract: The essay is divided into 2 parts. Part 1, For a Rectification of “Violence”, discusses within a “political epistemology of inflicted lesion” first the denotation and yardsticks of violence, then systemic or “structural” violence, and finally argues for counter-violence … Continue reading

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ORWELL AND 1984 TODAY: GENIUS AND TUNNEL VISION (2019, 14500 words)

Orwell, as he himself said, came from a lower, professional service fraction of the English and imperial ruling class that was “simultaneously dominator and dominated” (R. Williams), so that a combination of State and monopoly power became his major nightmare. … Continue reading

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USES OF MARX: THE IMPLICIT OF THE MANIFESTED (OR, DEMYSTIFICATION AND CRITIQUE) (2016, 19500 words)

This integral version was first published in Rab-Rab [Helsinki] no. 3 (2016): 35-72., 2016 A smaller paper on the Communist Manifesto was first written by MA + DS in French and English and redone much later by DS only. It … Continue reading

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TWO INTERVENTIONS ON BODIES (1989, 7,800 words)

Discourses about the body are followed through Bakhtin, Hobbes, Freud, and Foucault to an updating of Marxism, arguing against bourgeois individualism that subject is a limit-zone of collective bodies. A viable materialist but dialectical theory of the body, and consequently … Continue reading

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TWO CHEERS FOR ESSENTIALISM AND TOTALITY: ON MARX’S OSCILLATION AND ITS LIMITS (AS WELL AS ON THE TABOOS OF POST-MODERNISM (1997, 8,570 words)

A revisitation of Marx, accepting demystification and critique but repudiating “progress” in favour of multi-causality and open ends, and arguing for a carefully delimited (historical) use of essence and of an epistemological or hermeneutic but not an ontological totality.

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TOWARD AN ECONOMICS OF PHYSICAL AND POLITICAL NEGENTROPY (2009, 5600 words)

Proceedings of the Herakleion 2010 IIPPE Conference, 2010 This work was written for a conference of Leftwing economists IIPPE in Crete 2010 and first published on their site. It is about the relation of official income as measured by the … Continue reading

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TO EXPLAIN FASCISM TODAY (2016, 24,100 words)

Fascism is discussed as a pathology of masses under capitalism, and its components are defined.  It was a class block between rulers and segments of the middle classes while neutralising the working classes and any deviant political forces by terror … Continue reading

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