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The Anthology of the Works of Ugo Spirito captures the trajectory of Ugo Spirito’s complex body of thought that spanned more than fifty years, from 1921 to 1977. While confronting difficult contemporary problems related to philosophy and science, liberalism and socialism, fascism and communism, and other economic and ideological aspects such as corporativism and democracy, Spirito revealed a persistent desire to reach truth and the absolute. Yet, he also voiced his failure to remain faithful to any philosophical or political system considered definitive and unquestionable. Unable to reach incontrovertibility, he consistently dissected the prevailing contemporary ideas and systems, including his own beliefs, developing at the same time the ‘antinomic’ approach, a method of critical analysis that undermined any truth reputed irrefutable. Today, Spirito stands as one of most anti-conformist Italian thinkers for he challenged the certainties of modern thought.
Karel Kosík (1926–2003) was one of the most remarkable Czech Marxist philosophers of the twentieth century. His reputation as a creative thinker is owed largely to his philosophical ‘blockbuster’ Dialectics of the Concrete, first published in Czechoslovakia in 1963. In reintroducing Kosík’s philosophy to English-speaking readers, we show that Kosík’s work is important not only as a leading intellectual document of the Prague Spring, but also as an original theoretical contribution with international impact that sheds light on the meaning of labour and praxis, democracy and economic structure, dialectics and the crises of modernity.

Contributors include: Ian Angus, Siyaves Azeri, Vít Bartoš, Jan Černý, Joseph Grim Feinberg, Diana Fuentes, Gabriella Fusi, Tomáš Hermann, Tomáš Hříbek, Xiaohan Huang, Peter Hudis, Petr Kužel, Ivan Landa, Michael Löwy, Jan Mervart, Anselm K. Min, Tom Rockmore, Francesco Tava, and Xinruo Zhang.
Through a discussion with current perspectives in philosophy of history – especially with a critical approach to Paul Ricœur’s work – and a rigorous reading of Marx’s oeuvre this book proposes an interpretation of this author’s concept and method of historical knowledge. In this sense the examination of his concepts of social space and social time serve to highlight the possibilities of the best Marx in terms of the explanation of the dynamics of complex multilinear development of human societies and of capitalism in particular.
Translator: Nathaniel Thomas
The German-Austrian social theorist and philosopher Leo Kofler (1907–1995) represents what Oskar Negt once called ‘unmutilated, living Marxism’. Throughout his life he dealt with issues of history and modernity, Marxist philosophy and the critique of ideology, philosophical anthropology and aesthetics. In this volume, author and Kofler biographer Christoph Jünke elucidates the contours of his philosophy of praxis, traces an arc from the socialist classics to postmodernism, and outlines the socialist humanist thinker’s enduring relevance. The book also includes six essays by Leo Kofler published in English for the first time.

The main work was first published in German as Leo Koflers Philosophie der Praxis: Eine Einführung in sein Denken by Laika Verlag, 2015, ISBN 978-944233-33-8. Copyright by Laika Verlag.
The main hypothesis of the volume is that globalization is a cultural phenomenon. Therefore, the book offers an explanation of how globalization emerged from cultural exchange between groups, nations, and religions. The articles in this volume register the thematically multi-dimensional and theoretically complex contribution of Polish research on globalization. Polish debates on globalization, as presented in this book, on the one hand reflect international disputes and controversies, and on the other hand address local issues. As their crucial feature, the articles in this volume exhibit a special sensitivity to historical and contemporary cultural contexts. They do not approach globalization as an abstract process, instead exploring it through the lens of clearly defined factors.

The last part of the volume is comprised of texts devoted to our contemporary global phenomena. Daniela Boćkowski’s article addresses the response of the world of Islam and the entire Arab world to ubiquitous globalization. Adam Nobis explores the emergence of new kinds and models of money to conclude that locality should not be identified with a concrete place. The article contributed by Karolina Golinowska analyzes the relevance of contemporary global processes to cultural politics. Piotr J. Fereński discusses the political role of cities in the context of globalization. Authored by Rafał Nahirny, the closing article of this part looks into Doug Rickard’s artistic project A New American Picture.

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The authors of articles in the second part of the volume scrutinize cultural phenomena which are analyzed by means of tools used in global studies. Mirosław Kocur expands performance studies by adding a globally and historically oriented perspective. Stanisław Rosik uses the global-studies perspective to analyze medieval sources. Piotr Badyna looks for manifestations of globality in the work of Charles Darwin. Magdalena Barbaruk’s article concerns the “Spanish Crisis of the 17th Century” and depicts two dominant approaches to this development, both of them associated with globalization in their separate ways. Tadeusz Paleczny’s text is devoted to examining nation-building processes in Latin American countries.

In: Interpreting Globalization

The first part of the volume consists of three articles authored, respectively, by a philosopher, a sociologist, and a musicologist, who analyze various theoretical concepts informing cultural research on globality. In Leszek Kopciuch’s text, globalization, generality, and universality are the most important notions. Franciszek Czech examines the term “global studies” itself by tracing its evolution, identifying its central research problem, and trying to define its position within the social sciences. The last article, Bożena Muszkalska’s “Musicology and Globalization,” outlines globalization processes in musical cultures as framed by the specialist musicological literature.

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