I haven’t been posting frequently because I had been immersed in a number of projects, moves, and new jobs with new classes to prep. Most of this had abated by the start of the summer spent without internet access getting immersed in a number of new projects.
For those of you keeping score at home. Here are a number of projects that came to fruition over the past year or so:
The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory
My article on Adorno and the Critical Theory of the Negative Totality of contemporary society
My introduction to and co-translation of Adorno’s 1962 seminar on Marx
My article on Bonefeld’s Critical Theory and the Critique of Political Economy
My article on Lefebvre’s notion of fetishistic concrete abstraction
My co-authored article that uses the new spirit of capitalism to critique the artisan economy.
I also have articles on Lefebvre and Critical Theory, Negative Totality, and Real Abstraction that will be forthcoming at some point.
At the moment I am working on an article considering the importance of Postone’s interpretation of Capital for the new reading of the critique of political economy as a critical social theory. I will finish that by the end of the month and then turn to revising an article on reification, crisis and regression that argues the interpretation of reification developed by the aforementioned new reading provides a better basis for the critical theory of contemporary society than the interpretation of reification developed by Habermas and extended by Honneth. Then I will co-write an intervention on the gig economy, before turning to write an article on the Marxian Critical theory of the state and law for the Elgar Handbook of Marxism and Law.
Much of this material will also find its way into the book — Fetishism, Social Domination and the Critical Theory of Society — I am also working on. It develops and expands on my thesis by drawing on the aforementioned work to critically map the development of how fetishism was utilized in Marx’s, Lukacs’s, Horkheimer’s, Adorno, the development of the NML by Schmidt, Backhaus, and Reichelt, Postone’s and Bonefeld’s theory of social domination. It will ultimately argue that New Reading of the critique of political economy as a critical theory of society provides the best approach to the critique of contemporary society, but that the work of Horkheimer, Adorno and others should be integrated with it to develop a New Reading of the Critical Theory of Society.
I am also working on an introduction to the reprint of Intellectual and Manual Labor with Frank Engster. The reprint will also include prefaces by Chris Arthur and Antonio Negri.
Happy to say that my new schedule etc. is giving me time to get stuck into these things in a way that hasn’t been possible since writing my thesis. Hopefully this will continue and that more posts will come out of it.
Finally, I am on the job market. If you happen to have a job to spare that is within easy commuting distance of the greater New York City metropolitan area do give it to us.