By Kathryn Dean
Capitalism, Citizenship and the humanities of Thinking proposes a ancient materialist ethic of human flourishing understood by way of the perform of citizenship. It specializes in the ways that capitalism’s useful mode of pondering – analytical considering – impedes the nurturing of services for citizenship as understood from a Marxian-Aristotelian perspective. It encompasses a systematic dialogue of the Aristotelian resonances in Marx’s critique of capitalism, in addition to an elaboration and critique of Alfred Sohn-Rethel’s account of the origins of analytical pondering in his ebook highbrow and guide exertions: A Critique of Epistemology.
Dean's critique of this e-book attracts at the language theories of Lev Vygotsky, Alexander Luria, Jack Goody, Eric Havelock and Walter Ong, with the intention to establish the origins of analytical considering in literacy instead of in monetised alternate kinfolk, as claimed via Sohn-Rethel. Having traced the advance of analytical considering with the intention to carry out the ways that this considering used to be a of danger for the department of head and hand in nineteenth-century England, Dean brings the research into the modern global by means of analyzing the alterations effected by way of digitalised communique in phrases citizenship features now, drawing at the paintings of Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri on the way to do so.
The book's ground-breaking content material is within the fusion of Marxian, Aristotelian and linguistic components to enhance a critique of capitalism’s hegemonic mode of pondering (analytical considering) as manifested within the glossy sciences and to teach how the draining of intelligibility from the typical global accepted by way of this considering turns into a drawback to the perform of significant citizenship.
Its major allure should be to Marxist thinkers whose major trouble is with the alienating, rather than exploitative, personality of capitalist modes of lifestyles. it's written to enrich the paintings of such Marxists, those being, commonly, writers comparable to Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri and is pitched at researchers within the box. it may be used on post-graduate classes in political conception, in addition to social and cultural thought.
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