Category Archives: 3. POLITICAL EPISTEMOLOGY

THIS IS A DESCENDING CHRONOLOGICAL LIST, FROM 2021 BACKWARDS. REASON: ALL POSITIONS ARE HISTORICAL, AND THEY ARE BEST UNDERSTOOD IN CONNEXION WITH ITS MOMENT. LATER ENTRIES MAY MODIFY EARLIER POSITIONS.

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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NOTES FOR ILLUMINATING FREEDOM AND KNOWLEDGE IN DAS KAPITAL: ARISTOTLE, LEIBNIZ, AND SPINOZA (version 13-1-2016, 4,480 words)

To understand some central presuppositions of Marx’s within an anti-scientistic and anti-bourgeois horizon, such as knowledge and freedom, some 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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EPISTEMOLOGICAL MEDITATIONS ON SCIENCE, NARRATION/POETRY, AND POLITICS (2015, 7,300 words)

1. Central Orientation Points for Epistemology: For a “Soft” Skepticism; 2. Cognition Is Constituted by and as History: Life-destroying and Life-preserving Science; 3. Narrations in Science and Fiction: 3.21. On Pragmatic Anchorage, 3.22. On Porous Boundaries between Form and Actuality; … Continue reading

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WHAT IS TO BE DONE? A FIRST STEP (2015, 9,800 words)

Where We Are; 2. Who Are We (Proletarians, Plebeians Today)?; 3. Decolonising the Mind; 4. Neither With You nor Without You: On an Anti-capitalist Political Party in the 2010s; 5. What Now?: Initial Proposals

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FROM THE ARCHEOLOGY OF MARXISM AND COMMUNISM (2009-2015, 16000 words)

Darko Suvin (2013) “From the Archeology of Marxism and Communism: Two Essays in Political Epistemology”, Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, 21:2-3, 279-311, , 2013 Of the two relatively independent parts here, Part 1. characterizes at length three … Continue reading

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COMMUNISM CAN ONLY BE RADICAL PLEBEIAN DEMOCRACY: REMARKS ON THE EXPERIENCE OF S. F. R. YUGOSLAVIA AND ON CIVIL SOCIETY (2015, 13500 words)

International Critical Thought 6.2 (2016): 165-89., 2016 The essay is divided into approach and two parts plus a short summation. The approach poses the theme of nexus between communism and democracy as the only hope to oppose the present neo-fascist … Continue reading

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COMMUNICATING VESSELS (with Sezgin Boynik) (2014-15, 18,700 words)

Interview with SB on Formalism vs. class history in culture, especially in Yugoslavia 1945-65, also in general.

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WHERE ARE WE: AND A RADICAL WAY OUT (2015, 5,930 words)

Darko Suvin                                                                          2nd version … Continue reading

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POSTSCRIPT TO ESTRANGEMENT AND COGNITION (2014, 400 words)

Darko Suvin //strangehorizons.com/2014/20141124/1suvin-a.shtml, 2014 A brief addition to the early basic definition of SF as interaction of estrangement and cognition, stressing that it is in best cases done from the point of view and stance of dissident class/es from below.

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THE USE OF LUCIO MAGRI (2014, 3,290 words)

Magri, Lucio. The Tailor of Ulm: Communism in the Twentieth Century, translated by Patrick Camiller (London: Verso, 2011). Magri, born 1932, was a leading member of the Manifesto group which was kicked out of the Italian Communist Party (PCI) in … Continue reading

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