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Author: Paul Mattick

between persons. 5 One could even say that the ‘ideal individual’ of social theory has been a conceptual representation of what anthropologists call a ‘culture’ – a system of learned patterns of life shared by members of a society – as embodied by the individuals who have learned it. We will return to

In: Social Knowledge

The Faustian ‘Gretchen question’ of ‘Tell me, how do you stand on religion?’ became a crucial question for all of Jewish life in the first half of the twentieth century. If previous debates among Eastern European Jews had centred on the forms of religiousness, now religion as an anchor of

In: Yiddish Revolutionaries in Migration

Leon Oler’s introductory quotation above shows that Bundists thought of the Bund not only as a party or movement but also as a living being, vitalised through their actions. In this regard, Memorik was a form of collective life writing. 87 Through Memorik actions did not fade into the fog of the

In: Yiddish Revolutionaries in Migration
Authors: James Meeker and T.J. Berard

to becoming inhuman (reified) and eventually revealed to be all too human. By means of these two movements, the admission of man’s existential predicament and the adoption of an aesthetic disposition towards life, art makes life possible and worth living ( 1967b : 41), and in a manner that is

In: Nietzsche and Critical Social Theory
Author: Christine Payne

, banality, and their generally pathetic servitude to slavish values and standards, as well as one who cherishes and seeks out those few individuals willing and capable of radical self-overcoming towards a healthier and more creative life. This understanding of Nietzsche has much to recommend it – but in a

In: Nietzsche and Critical Social Theory

life’s prime want’, as Marx described it. Even in a liberal utopia in which the standard of living may be considered ‘affluent’, this problem persists, for it is a systemic failure of capitalism as a human society, not a partial aberration resulting from contingent circumstances. From this follows the

In: The Dialectic of Capital (2 vols.)

in Eastern Europe during the war (four by the Soviets), increasing to 12 with Zigelboym’s suicide in London exile. This is exceeded, however, by the number of Bundists who survived overseas (13) – quite unrepresentative for the Eastern European Jewish population as a whole. The life trajectories of

In: Yiddish Revolutionaries in Migration

Leon Oler’s statement cited in the introduction to this volume, that the 60-year history of the Bund ‘resembles the life story of a person who lived’ through different eras on different continents, ascribed to the Bund a humanness that facilitated its biographisation. It provided the Bund

In: Yiddish Revolutionaries in Migration
Author: Alvaro Bianchi

, nevertheless, a concrete and living unity, 191 a unit that was verified insofar as both were ‘necessary moments of spiritual life’. 192 But the nexus also indicated the sense in which unification took place. Ethical and moral conscience and economic and political consciousness would share the same practical

In: Gramsci’s Laboratory
Author: Dana Neacşu

project because his life and work are filled with irony. Paradox, irony and contradiction, the animating spirits of Marx’s work were also the impish trinity that shaped his own life. He would, one guesses, have applauded Ralph Waldo Emerson’s defiant creed: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of

In: The Bourgeois Charm of Karl Marx & the Ideological Irony of American Jurisprudence