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Table-Turning: A Close Reading of Marx

Marx wastes little time in presenting the illusion he plans to dismantle: that ‘a commodity appears…a trivial thing, and easily understood.[1] This mock thesis is immediately followed by its antithetical refutation, which forms the basis of Marx’s argument: that ‘it is, in reality, a very queer thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties’. 1,133 more words

Critical Theory

Ep. 24 - Jane Bennett, Vibrant Matter

In this very special episode of Always Already, join all four co-hosts as they peer into the depths of Jane Bennett’s vital materialism in Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things… 271 more words


Applying the Enlightenment to today

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was an 18th century philosopher. He was brilliant for the young age of 22, when he effortlessly composed a corpus of political and philosophical works. 437 more words


Liberty and Compulsory Civil Religion in Rousseau’s Social Contract


Abstract: This essay examines Rousseau’s mandatory civil religion as it is set out in the Social Contract, with recent relevant philosophical work as a primary frame of reference. 64 more words


Lord of the Rings: Power Can Corrupt the Best

‘You are wise and fearless and fair, Lady Galadriel,’ said Frodo. ‘I will give you the One Ring, if you ask for it. It is too great a matter for me.’

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Political Theory

Interview: Nicholas Tampio on Deleuze's Political Vision

Join B and John as they interview Nicholas Tampio, Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University, about his new book, Deleuze’s Political Vision… 270 more words


Myths of Sovereignty and British Isolation, IV: Britain the Enlightenment model for a liberal Europe?

Following on from last post in this series, focused on the violent formation of the nineteenth century British state, a largely political theory post on how far Britain had a special status as a model of liberalism and then democracy in Europe. 845 more words