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197 reviews

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Jason W. Moore, Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital

Kate Soper

J.M. Bernstein, Torture and Dignity: An Essay on Moral Injury

Alastair Morgan

Kenneth Goldsmith, Capital: New York, Capital of the 20th Century

John Millar

Boris Groys, In the Flow

Hammam Aldouri

Peter Fleming, The Mythology of …


Capitalocene

by / RP 197 (May/June 2016) / Review

Jason W. Moore, Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital, Verso, London and New York, 2015. 316 pp., £60.00 hb., £19.99 pb., 978 1 78168 901 1 hb., 978 1 78168 902 8 pb.

Jason Moore is a key figure in the World-Ecology Research Network, an international grouping of scholars …


196 Reviews

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Paolo Virno, When the Word Becomes Flesh: Language and Human Nature

Jean-Jacques Lecercle

Giorgio Agamben, Stasis: Civil War as a Political Paradigm

Michel Foucault, The Punitive Society: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1972–1973

Michel Foucault, Théories et institutions pénales. Cours au Collège de France

Claudia Aradau

Quentin Meillassoux, Science Fiction and Extro-Science Fiction

Mark …


Oxymoron

by / RP 196 (Mar/Apr 2016) / Review

Paolo Virno, When the Word Becomes Flesh: Language and Human Nature, trans. Giuseppina Mecchia, Semiotext(e), South Pasadena CA, 2015. 264 pp., £12.95 pb., 978 1 58435 094 1.

In Paolo Virno’s previous book, A Grammar of Multitude, grammar – in other words, the philosophy of language – played second fiddle to the multitude – in …


Mediate and aggregate

by / RP 196 (Mar/Apr 2016) / Review

  Christine Delphy, Separate and Dominate: Feminism and Racism after the War on Terror, trans. David Broder, Verso, London and New York, 2015. 192 pp., £14.99 pb., 978 1 78168 880 9.  

For those who are already acquainted with Christine Delphy’s work, Separate and Dominate is a long-awaited publication. It does not disappoint. Having …


195 Reviews

by , , , , , , and / RP 195 (Jan/Feb 2016) / Reviews

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Neil Larsen, Mathias Nilges, Josh Robinson and Nicholas Brown, Marxism and the Critique of Value

Frank Engster

Dave Beech, Art and Value: Art’s Economic Exceptionalism in Classical, Neoclassical and Marxist Economics

Jasper Bernes and Daniel Spaulding

Devin Fore, Realism after Modernism: The Rehumanization of Art and Literature

Anthony Iles

Beatriz Preciado, Pornotopia: An Essay …


Truly extraordinary

Review of Dave Beech, Art and Value: Art’s Economic Exceptionalism in Classical, Neoclassical and Marxist Economics
by and / RP 195 (Jan/Feb 2016) / Review

Dave Beech, Art and Value: Art’s Economic Exceptionalism in Classical, Neoclassical and Marxist Economics, Brill, Boston MA, 2015. x + 392 pp., £109.00 hb., 978 9 00428 814 0.

Dave Beech’s fundamental claim is that art is not a standard commodity. Art is, rather, ‘exceptional’, in the sense that its production, circulation and consumption follow …


194 Reviews

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The Challenge of Surrealism: The Correspondence of Theodor W. Adorno and Elisabeth Lenk

Todd Cronan

Susanne Lettow, ed., Reproduction, Race, and Gender in Philosophy and the Early Life Sciences

Christopher Jones-Thompson

Gabrielle Coleman, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous

Tobias C. van Veen

Simona Forti, New Demons: Rethinking Power and Evil Today

Bruce Haddock

Joan …


Operation Adorno

by / RP 194 (Nov/Dec 2015) / Review

The Challenge of Surrealism: The Correspondence of Theodor W. Adorno and Elisabeth Lenk, ed. and trans. Susan H. Gillespie, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2015. 248 pp., £63.38 hb., £18.16 pb., 978 0 81665 616 5 hb., 978 0 81665 617 2 pb.

At the beginning of a talk on ‘Critical Theory and Surreal Practice’ …


On the menu, but not at the table

by / RP 194 (Nov/Dec 2015) / Review

Susanne Lettow, ed., Reproduction, Race, and Gender in Philosophy and the Early Life Sciences, SUNY Press, Albany NY, 2014. vi + 294 pp., £52.00 hb., £19.95 pb., 978 1 43844 949 4 hb., 978 1 43844 948 7 pb.

This collection contributes to an increasingly important issue in philosophy and the history of ideas, …


193 reviews

by , , , , , , , and / RP 193 (Sept/Oct 2015) / Reviews

McKenzie Wark, Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene

John Beck

Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark, I’m Very Into You: Correspondence 1995–1996

Agata Pyzik

Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Cannibal Metaphysics: For a Post-Structural Anthropology

Jason Read

John Fletcher and Nicholas Ray, eds, Seductions and Enigmas: Laplanche, Theory, Culture

Stella Sandford

Sara Ahmed, Willful Subjects

Victoria …


Anthropology becoming philosophy

by / RP 193 (Sept/Oct 2015) / Review

Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Cannibal Metaphysics: For a Post-Structural Anthropology, trans. Peter Skafish, Univocal, Minneapolis, 2014. 229 pp., £20.00 pb., 978 1 93756 121 5.

While the debates and provocations of sixties France in the texts that make up post-structuralism, or, perhaps more accurately, ‘la pensée 68’, continue to influence contemporary philosophy and theory, the …


Beneath the soviets the beach

by / RP 193 (Sept/Oct 2015) / Review

McKenzie Wark, Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene. Verso, London, 2015. xxii + 280 pp., £16.99 hb., 978 1 78168 827 4.

Geological time is long; the lifespan of critical terms is decidedly shorter. The sedimentary record of buzzwords logs the granulated residue of terms that were snuffed out not by intellectual gradualism but a …


192 reviews

by , , , , , , and / RP 192 (July/Aug 2015) / Reviews

José Aricó, Marx and Latin America Álvaro García Linera, Plebeian Power: Collective Action and Indigenous, Working-Class and Popular Identities in Bolivia John Kraniauskas

Ana Cecilia Dinerstein, The Politics of Autonomy in Latin America: The Art of Organizing Hope Jeffery R. Webber

Michael Wayne, Red Kant: Aesthetics, Marxism and the Third Critique Nickolas Lambrianou


Universalizing the ayllu

by / RP 192 (July/Aug 2015) / Review

José Aricó, Marx and Latin America, trans. David Broder, Haymarket, Chicago, 2015. lii + 152 pp., £20.00 pb., 978 16 08 46411 1; Álvaro García Linera, Plebeian Power: Collective Action and Indigenous, Working-Class and Popular Identities in Bolivia, selection and introduction by Pablo Stefanoni, trans. Shana Yael Shubs et al., Haymarket, Chicago, 2015. 346 pp., …


Are you now or have you ever been a bourgeois philosopher?

by / RP 192 (July/Aug 2015) / Review

Michael Wayne, Red Kant: Aesthetics, Marxism and the Third Critique, Bloomsbury, London, 2014. 226 pp., £65.00 hb., 978 1 47251 134 8.

This book intends to proffer a Marxist or, more specifically, ‘anti-bourgeois’ reading of Kant’s critical project and the third Critique in particular, and to draw out the political value of the aesthetic as …


191 Reviews

by , , , , , and / RP 191 (May/Jun 2015) / Reviews

Alejandro Arturo Villega, Latin American Philosophy from Identity to Radical ExteriorityPhilip Derbyshire

Banu Bargu, Starve and Immolate: The Politics of Human WeaponsLauren Wilcox

Giorgio Agamben and Monica Ferrando, The Unspeakable GirlHoward Eiland

Alexei Gan, ConstructivismOwen Hatherley

Jon Ippolito and Richard Rinehart, Re-collection: Art, New Media and Social MemoryPeter Cornwell

Mayanthi L. Fernando, The Republic Unsettled: …


Ariel on the border

by / RP 191 (May/Jun 2015) / Review

Alejandro Arturo Villega, Latin American Philosophy from Identity to Radical Exteriority, Indiana University Press, Bloomington and Indianopolis, 2014. 284 pp., £62.00 hb., £22.99 pb., 978 0 25301 248 7 hb., 978 0 25301 257 9 pb.

Alejandro Villega’s new book is a philosophical interpretation of the philosophy emerging from Latin America since the early nineteenth …


Disappeared

by / RP 191 (May/Jun 2015) / Review

Alexei Gan, Constructivism, trans. Christina Lodder, Editorial Tenov, Barcelona, 2014. 178 pp., €25.00 pb., 978 8 49392 312 9.

One of the implications of this belated translation of Alexei Gan’s 1922 manifesto Constructivism is that it has taken around ninety years for the materials for understanding the Soviet avant-garde as a whole to be available …


190 Reviews

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Colin Mooers, Imperial Subjects: Citizenship in an Age of Crisis and Empire

Jeffery R. Webber

Gabriel Rockhill, Radical History and the Politics of Art

Andrew Stefan Weiner

Pamela M. Lee, Forgetting the Art World

Marina Vishmidt

Andrew Feenberg, The Philosophy of Praxis: Marx, Lukács and the Frankfurt School

Konstantinos Kavoulakos

Fred Moseley and Tony Smith, …