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Bob Dylan’s Critical Theory

Karl Helm is a critical theorist who adjuncts at Bard and lives in Radclyffe adjacent to Bob Dylan’s old house. Helm’s current project, Bob Dylan’s Marxian Critical Theory, forthcoming with Catskills Critical Theory Press, brings his two interests together, reading … Continue reading

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Update and Projects

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 … Continue reading

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Postone’s Necessity, Labor and Time

Not to go full hipster but I do prefer Postone’s 1978 article Necessity, Labor and Time to Time, Labor and Social Domination. Currently working on an article that reads the two of them together. Check it out for yourself in … Continue reading

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Critical Theory in the Time of Trump

Monster new issue of Logos features articles by Werner Bonefeld, Samir Gandesha, John Abromeit, myself and others on Critical Theory Right-Wing Populism, and Trump

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Alfred Schmidt, The Idea of Critical Theory

Thanks to Riccardo Bellofiore for pointing this one out: bookscancenter-4

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Critical Theory and Trump

There have been many hot takes in the aftermath of Trump’s election. Although I reckon many people are overdoing it historical parallels when it would be more helpful to admit one of the most terrifying things about all of this … Continue reading

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HM LDN 2016

I’ll be presented and chairing several of the panels on Marxy critical theory and value theory type stuff at this year’s HM LDN. Find the the details here and lemmie know if your going to make it.

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Adorn on Totality

A striking passages that cuts against charges of Adorno’s totalizing theory whilst also suggesting ways an Adornian might enter the many numerous debates on subsumption, logical derivation, dual systems theory etc.: One may even cherish as few illusions as I … Continue reading

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Clarke on Habermas

Reckon Clarke is spot on in his analysis of Habermas, in Marx, Marginalism and Modern Sociology, if not Adorno and Horkheimer (in their case he makes the unfortunate move of not only focusing on the Weberian aspects of DofE, but … Continue reading

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Stefan Breuer, Adorno’s Anthropology

Anniversary commemorations are ambivalent events, particularly when they celebrate philosophers. Such commemorations focus on a life’s work and occasionally contribute to its elucidation. However, they frequently do violence to those they intend to honor, by emphasizing primarily those aspects of … Continue reading

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