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186 Reviews

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Howard Eiland and Michael Jennings, Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life

– Esther Leslie

Warren Montag, Althusser and His Contemporaries: Philosophy’s Perpetual War

– Stefano Pippa   Justin Clemens, Psychoanalysis is an Anti-Philosophy   – Tom Eyers   Marcelo Hoffman, Foucault and Power: The Influence of Political Engagement on Theories of Power   – Mark Kelly


A is for apocalypse

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David J. Blacker, The Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame , Zero Books, Winchester and Washington DC, 2013. 319 pp., £15.99 pb., 978 1 78099 578 6.

Amidst the recent flood of lachrymose reports on the neoliberal assault upon education, this book stands out for its unflinching survey of the extent of the …


183 Reviews

Peter Hallward and Knox Peden, eds, Concept and Form, Volume 1: Key Texts from the ‘Cahiers pour l’analyse’

Peter Hallward and Knox Peden, eds, Concept and Form Volume 2: Interviews and Essays on the ‘Cahiers pour l’analyse’

Peter Sloterdijk, You Must Change Your Life

Peter Sloterdijk, The Art of Philosophy

Finn Brunton, Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet

Matthew Fuller and Andrew Goffey, Evil Media

Pete Jordan, In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist

T.J. Clark, Picasso and Truth: From Cubism to Guernica

Gert Biesta, Julie Allan and Richard Edwards, eds, Making a Difference in Theory: The Theory Question in Education and the Education Question in Theory

Uncertain Commons, Speculate This!


by , , , , , and / RP 183 (Jan/Feb 2014) / Reviews


Lines in class

The ongoing attack on mass education in England
by / RP 176 (Nov/Dec 2012) / Commentary

Andrew McGettigan’s analysis of the financial transformations of higher education (‘Who Let the Dogs Out? The Privatization of Higher Education’, RP 174) is important for comprehending the complexity of the changes universities are undergoing and their implications. As he argues, ‘it is mass higher education in England’ that is now under attack and …


174 Reviews

Books Reviewed:

Walter Benjamin, Early Writings, 1910–1917

Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, Towards a New Manifesto

Bernard Stiegler, The Decadence of Industrial Democracies

Miguel Abensour, Democracy against the State: Marx and the Machiavellian Moment

Erika Cudworth and Stephen Hobden, Posthuman International Relations: Complexity, Ecologism and Global Politics

Alison Stone, Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and Maternal Subjectivity

Catherine Malabou, Changing Difference: The Feminine and the Question of Philosophy

Nadir Lahiji, ed., The Political Unconscious of Architecture: Re-opening Jameson’s Narrative

Gillian Howie, Between Feminism and Materialism: A Question of Method

Martin Woessner, Heidegger in America

Chris Danta, Literature Suspends Death: Sacrifice and Storytelling in Kierkegaard, Kafka and Blanchot


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Faust on film

Walter Benjamin and the cinematic ontology of Goethe’s Faust 2
by / RP 172 (Mar/Apr 2012) / Article

Isn’t it an affront to Goethe to make a film of Faust, and isn’t there a world of difference between the poem Faust and the film Faust? Yes, certainly. But, again, isn’t there a whole world of difference between a bad film of Faust and a good one? (Walter Benjamin, Arcades Project, N1a, 4)

Whilst the …


172 Reviews

Books Reviewed:

Fredric Jameson, Representing ‘Capital’: A Reading of Volume One

Melissa Gregg and Gregory J. Seigworth, eds, The Affect Theory Reader

Michael Bailey and Des Freedman, eds, The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance

University for Strategic Optimism, Undressing the Academy, or The Student Handjob

Deborah Cook, Adorno on Nature

Isabelle Thomas-Fogiel, The Death of Philosophy: Reference and Self-Reference in Contemporary Thought

Peter E. Gordon, Continental Divide: Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos

Sean Sayers, Marx and Alienation: Essays on Hegelian Themes


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Of course… however

by / RP 172 (Mar/Apr 2012) / Review

Michael Bailey and Des Freedman, eds, The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance, Pluto Press, London, 2011. 200 pp., £14.99 pb., 978 0 74533 191 1.

Matthew Charles

The conceptual poles that orient the collection of essays edited by Des Freedman and Michael Bailey in The Assault on Universities are, …


Philosophy for children

by / RP 170 (Nov/Dec 2011) / Article

A well-orchestrated public relations campaign led primarily by educational charity The Philosophy Shop has helped raise the profile of the philosophy for children movement in the UK significantly over the last few years. Whilst The Philosophy Shop has been promoting its ‘Four Rs’ campaign to make ‘Reasoning’ a central feature of the National …


166 Reviews

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Hans Radder, ed., The Commodification of Academic Research: Science and the Modern University Eeva Berglund

Martha C. Nussbaum, Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities Matthew Charles

Susan Hekman, The Material of Knowledge: Feminist Disclosures Alessandra Tanesini

Dawne McCance, Derrida on Religion: Thinker of Difference Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Strange Wonder: The Closure of Metaphysics and …


Imaginative mislocation

Hiroshima’s Genbaku Dome, ground zero of the twentieth century
by / RP 162 (Jul/Aug 2010) / Article

The average Westerner … was wont to regard Japan as barbarous while she indulged in the gentle arts of peace: he calls her civilized since she began to commit wholesale slaughter on Manchurian battlefields. Kakuzo Okakura, The Book of Tea, 1906

The controversy that erupted in March over the publication of Charles Pellegrino’s account of …


Dossier On Universities

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

The University and the Plan: Reflections from Vienna

The immediate causes of the current protests by students, lecturers and academic researchers in Europe are contingent; they are directed at individual educational institutions or administrators, and the demands they make are capable of being met over the short term.* But on a second level, one that …


161 Reviews

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Sylvère Lotringer, ed., The German Issue Gudrun Ensslin and Bernward Vesper, ‘Notstandgesetze von Deiner Hand’: Briefe 1968/1969 Esther Leslie

G.A. Cohen, Why Not Socialism? Alex Callinicos

Brett Buchanan, Onto-Ethologies: The Animal Environments of Uexkull, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Deleuze Chris Wilbert

Jim McGuigan, Cool Capitalism Mark Fisher

Joe Sacco, Footnotes in Gaza Antonio Venezia

Erdmut Wizisla, …


‘On the Idea of Communism’, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, London, 13–15 March 2009

by / RP 155 (May/Jun 2009) / Conference Report


153 Reviews

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Michel Foucault, The Birth of Biopolitics: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1978–1979 Mark Kelly

Lin Ma, Heidegger on East–West Dialogue: Anticipating the Event Andrew McGettigan

Samuel Weber, Benjamin’s -abilities Matthew Charles

Pier Vittorio Aureli, The Project of Autonomy: Politics and Architecture within and against Capitalism Douglas Spencer

Mastaneh Shah-Shuja, Zones of Proletarian Development John …