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Contributor Archive: Alberto Toscano

Race, real estate and real abstraction

by and / RP 194 (Nov/Dec 2015) / Article, Dossier, Property, Power, Law

The crises and mutations of contemporary capitalism have rendered palpable Marx’s observation according to which in bourgeois modernity human beings are ‘ruled by abstractions’. [1] The processes of financialization animating the dynamics of the 2007–8 crisis involved the violent irruption into the everyday lives of millions of a panoply of ominous …


A new quarrel of universals

by / RP 185 (May/Jun 2014) / Review

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Étienne Balibar, Saeculum. Culture, religion, idéologie, Éditions Galilée, Paris, 2012. 118 pp., €22.00, 978 2 71860 874 7.

The new millennium has not been kind to the partisans of a radical Enlightenment. The sundering of temporal and spiritual authority, the suspicion of piety, the virtues of profanation, not to mention atheism …


185 Reviews

by , , , , , and / RP 185 (May/Jun 2014) / Reviews

Étienne Balibar, Saeculum Culture, religion, idéologie

– Alberto Toscano

David McNally, Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism

– Alexandra Warwick

Lisa Guenther, Solitary Confinement: Social Death and Its Afterlives

– Victoria Browne

Alexander Galloway, Eugene Thacker and McKenzie Wark, Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation

– Jussi Parikka

Andrew Bowie, Adorno …


Culture and admin

by / RP 182 (Nov/Dec 2013) / Review

Béatrice Hibou, La bureaucratisation du monde à l’ère néolibérale, La Découverte, Paris, 2012. 223 pp., €17.00 pb., 978 2 70717 439 0.

Ben Kafka, The Demon of Writing: Powers and Failures of Paperwork, Zone Books, New York, 2012. 182 pp., £19.95 hb., 978 1 93540 826 0.

The ascendancy of neoliberalism was accompanied by …


182 Reviews

Béatrice Hibou, La bureaucratisation du monde à l’ère néolibérale

Ben Kafka, The Demon of Writing: Powers and Failures of Paperwork

Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift, Arts of the Political: New Openings for the Left

Boris Groys, Under Suspicion: A Phenomenology of Media

Eugene Gogol, Toward a Dialectic of Philosophy and Organization

Tom Eyers, Post-Rationalism: Psychoanalysis, Epistemology, and Marxism in Post-War France

Alison Assiter and Margherita Tonon, eds, Kierkegaard and the Political

André Béteille, Democracy and Its Institutions

Shereen El Feki, Sex in the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World


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Politics in a Tragic Key

by / RP 180 (July/Aug 2013) / Article

In memory of Joel Olson (1967-2012)

In the quarter-century or so since the obscure disaster of the Soviet bloc’s collapse, two words have been pinned to that of ‘communism’ with liberal abandon: ‘tragedy’ and ‘transition’. Tragedy, to signify the magnitude of suffering, but not the greatness of the enterprise; the depth of the fall, …


Everybody thinks

Deleuze, Descartes and rationalism
by / RP 162 (Jul/Aug 2010) / Article

In his 1968 book Difference and Repetition, Gilles Deleuze famously stresses the violent, unnatural and shocking character of thought, counterposing his own anti-representational philosophy of difference to what he depicts as a dogmatic, humanist ‘image of thought’. In his own words: ‘“Everybody” knows very well that in fact men think rarely, …


159 Reviews

by , , , , , and / RP 159 (Jan/Feb 2010) / Reviews

Gopal Balakrishnan, Antagonistics: Capitalism and Power in an Age of War Alberto Toscano

Thomas Metzinger, The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self Alva Noë, Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness Benjamin James Lozano

Joanna Zylinksa, Bioethics …


156 Reviews

by , , , , , , , and / RP 156 (Jul/Aug 2009) / Reviews

Stefan Jonsson, A Brief History of the Masses: Three Revolutions Alberto Toscano

Alexander R. Galloway and Eugene Thacker, The Exploit: A Theory of Networks Tiziana Terranova

Catherine Malabou, What Should We Do with Our Brain? Andrew Goffey

Lisa Baraitser, Maternal Encounters: The Ethics of Interruption Alison Stone

Damian F. White, Bookchin: A Critical Appraisal Mick …


The war against pre-terrorism

The Tarnac 9 and The Coming Insurrection
by / RP 154 (Mar/Apr 2009) / Commentary


138 Reviews

by , , , , and / RP 138 (Jul/Aug 2006) / Reviews

Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Art since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism Steve Edwards

Jacques Derrida, On Touching – Jean-Luc Nancy Ian James

Matthias Fritsch, The Promise of Memory: History and Politics in Marx, Benjamin, and Derrida Andrew McGettigan

Michael Scott Christofferson, French Intellectuals against the Left:The Antitotalitarian Moment of the …


136 Reviews

by , , , , , and / RP 136 (Mar/Apr 2006) / Reviews

Sara Beardsworth, Julia Kristeva: Psychoanalysis and Modernity Tina Chanter and Ewa Plonowska Ziarek, eds, Revolt, Affect, Collectivity:The Unstable Boundaries of Kristevaʼs Polis Cecilia Sjöholm, Kristeva and the Political David Macey

Ernesto Laclau, On Populist Reason John Kraniauskas

Matthew Beaumont, Utopia Ltd: Ideologies of Social Dreaming in England 1870–1900 Fredric Jameson, Archaeologies of the Future: The …


121 Reviews

by , , , , and / RP 121 (Sep/Oct 2003) / Reviews

Jacques Derrida, Without Alibi Philip Derbyshire

Bernard Williams, Truth and Truthfulness: An Essay in Genealogy Alessandra Tanesini

Jean-Jacques Lecercle, Deleuze and Language Alberto Toscano

Dieter Freundlieb, Dieter Henrich and Contemporary Philosophy:The Return to Subjectivity Stewart Martin

Timothy Bewes, Reification, or the Anxiety of Late Capitalism Timothy Hall

Manuel DeLanda, Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy Andrew …


113 Reviews

by , , , , and / RP 113 (May/Jun 2002) / Reviews

Rudi Visker, Truth and Singularity: Taking Foucault into Phenomenology Stella Sandford

Gary Gutting, French Philosophy in the Twentieth Century Jason Barker, Alain Badiou: A Critical Introduction Alberto Toscano

Anselm Jappe, Guy Debord Andrew Hussey, The Game of War: The Life and Death of Guy Debord Esther Leslie

Sanford Kwinter, Architectures of Time: Towards a Theory …