Thursday, September 24, 2009

Wars of Position: The Cultural Politics of Left and Right by Timothy Brennan

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Taking stock of contemporary social, cultural, and political currents, Timothy Brennan explores key turning points in the recent history of American intellectual life. He contends that a certain social-democratic vision of politics has been banished from public discussion, leading to an unlikely convergence of the political right and the academic left and a deadening of critical opposition. Brennan challenges the conventional view that affiliations based on political belief, claims upon the state, or the public interest have been rendered obsolete by the march of events in the years before and after Reagan. Instead, he lays out a new path for a future infused with a sense of intellectual and political possibility.

highly recommended.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

The Rebel by Albert Camus

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As usual… support the site if you have a moment, because I guarantee you won’t find this anywhere else.  Trust me I tried.

The Rebel (French title: L'Homme révolté) is a 1951 book-length essay by Albert Camus, which treats both the metaphysical and the historical development of rebellion and revolution in societies, especially Western Europe. Camus relates writers and artists as diverse as Epicurus and Lucretius, the Marquis de Sade, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Friedrich Nietzsche, and André Breton in an integrated, historical portrait of man in revolt.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus

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The Myth of Sisyphus is a philosophical essay by Albert Camus. It comprises about 120 pages and was published originally in 1942 in French as Le Mythe de Sisyphe; the English translation by Justin O'Brien followed in 1955.

In the essay, Camus introduces his philosophy of the absurd: man's futile search for meaning, unity and clarity in the face of an unintelligible world devoid of God and eternal truths or values. Does the realization of the absurd require suicide? Camus answers: "No. It requires revolt." He then outlines several approaches to the absurd life. The final chapter compares the absurdity of man's life with the situation of Sisyphus, a figure of Greek mythology who was condemned to repeat forever the same meaningless task of pushing a rock up a mountain, only to see it roll down again. The essay concludes, "The struggle itself...is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy."

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Coming Soon

Within the next week:

  • Albert Camus Collection:

The Stranger, The Rebel, The Myth of Sisyphus and others

Within the next month:

REQUEST: (please submit if you have a scan)

Jews without Money by Michael Gold

Hope all you comrades have a wonderful weekend,

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

In Defense of Lost Causes by Slavoj Zizek

I like Zizek.  He might be full of shit 99 percent of the time, but it’s very entertaining shit.  And it is refreshing to hear a good defense of the metanarrative and the concept of revolution.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

How to Read Marx

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Peter Osborne, How to Read Marx
Norton | 2006 | ISBN 0393328783 | 144 Pages | PDF OCR | 1.4 MB

Drawing on passages from a wide range of Marx’s writings, and showing the links among them, Osborne refutes the myth of Marx as a reductively economistic thinker. What Marx meant by “materialism,” “communism,” and the “critique of political economy” was much richer and more original, philosophically, than is generally recognized. With the renewed globalization of capitalism since 1989, Osborne argues, Marx’s analyses of the consequences of commodification are more relevant today than ever before.
Extracts are taken from the full breadth of Marx’s writings, including Notebooks on Epicurean Philosophy, the Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts, and The Communist Manifesto to Capital.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Coming Soon: Albert Camus Collection

Good translations have been found and are being properly formatted. Look for it in the coming days and in the meantime support the site the obvious way.