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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
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
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
Author: Alvaro Bianchi

, until this collective will becomes the driving force of the economy, the force which shaped reality itself, so that objective reality becomes a living, breathing force, like a current of molten lava, which can be channeled wherever and however the will directs. 82 In this text, Gramsci was not

In: Gramsci’s Laboratory
Author: Dawn Herrera

the Prejudices of Philosophers.” Putatively objective in its search for knowledge of the absolute, the truth claims of philosophy are motivated by the instinct of the philosopher, specifically the (im) moral instinct to foster valuations which will “promote the preservation of a particular type of

In: Nietzsche and Critical Social Theory
Author: Paul Mattick

because the conceptual aspect of culture has a systematic character, though as we saw it is not as consistent as Winch imagines, satisfying the demand for explanation of this type will involve relating concepts to non-conceptual elements of social life, since otherwise we will remain within the circle of

In: Social Knowledge
Author: Raju J Das

life experiences and opportunities and levels of living, etc. So class (as an analytical category, as a thought-object) matters because class es matter in the real world. The obverse of the stress on the multiplicity of classes is the idea that class polarization does not happen as quickly as class

In: Critical Reflections on Economy and Politics in India

YMG fitness band, which wouldn’t recharge, to Amazon when I started thinking about the world of retail and the role it plays in my life and in the everyday lives of Americans. On Thanksgiving, the newspapers all had an enormous number of brochures listing their “deals” for Black Friday. We had a

In: Shopper's Paradise