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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


BP Spotlight: Sylvia Pankhurst & Women and Work

Tate Britain, 16 September 2013– 6 April 2014
by / RP 186 (Jul/Aug 2014) / Reviews

Dave Beech’s review of Tate Liverpool’s exhibition Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789–2013 (‘A Blockbuster for the Left’, RP 184) assessed the usefulness of the exhibition form for presenting the complex histories of left-wing politics and their intersections within art practice. Two concurrent exhibitions at Tate Britain (16 September 2013–6 April 2014) raised …


Rose-tinted lens

Hannah Arendt, dir. Margarethe von Trotta, Zeitgeist Films, New York, 2012, 113 minutes.
by / RP 186 (Jul/Aug 2014) / Reviews

Standing before a firing squad, in Margarethe von Trotta’s 1986 biopic Rosa Luxemburg, Luxemburg is taken in flashback to an image of herself as a child refusing to go to bed, intent on seeing the petals of a rose unfurl before her. A gun cracks, but no bullets are fired. It is when death is …


A new quarrel of universals

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

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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 …


Hunger games

by / RP 184 (Mar/Apr 2014) / Individual Review

George Henderson, Value in Marx: The Persistence of Value in a More-than-Capitalist World, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis and London, 2013. xxv + 171 pp., £50.50 hb., £17.00 pb., 978 0 81668 095 5 hb., 978 0 81668 096 2 pb.

Henderson’s intention in this book is ‘to explore what can be thought of as …


184 Reviews

Neil Davidson, How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions? Alain Badiou, Cinema George Henderson, Value in Marx: The Persistence of Value in a More-Than-Capitalist World Rosi Braidotti, The Posthuman David Kilcullen, Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla Lydia H. Liu, Rebecca E. Karl and Dorothy Ko, eds, The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory Federico Campagna, The Last Night: Atheism, Anti-work and Adventure Gyanedra Pandey, A History of Prejudice: Race, Caste, and Difference in India and the United States Peter K.J. Park, Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy: Racism in the Formation of the Philosophical Canon, 1780–1830 Gilbert Achcar, Marxism, Orientalism, Cosmopolitanism
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The ship sails on

Review of Badiou's Cinema
by / RP 184 (Mar/Apr 2014) / Individual Review

Review | RP184 (Mar/Apr 2014)

Alain Badiou, Cinema, Polity, Cambridge, 2013. 320 pp., £55.00 hb., £17.99 pb., 978 0 74565 567 3 hb., 978 0 74565 568 0 pb.

To call a book simply Cinema is to frame its contents as a contribution to the theorization of cinema, and thus, for a certain readership, …


A blockbuster for the Left

Exhibition Review: Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789–2013, Tate Liverpool, 8 November 2013–2 February 2014
by / RP 184 (Mar/Apr 2014) / Reviews

Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789–2013 is a thematic exhibition curated by Eleanor Clayton and Francesco Manacorda of Tate Liverpool in collaboration with Lynn Wray, whose doctoral research provides the rationale for the curatorial project and the bulk of the research on which it depends. At every opportunity the curators have pointed out …


The cunning of capital explained?

Neil Davidson, How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions?, Haymarket Books, Chicago, 2012, xxi + 812 pp., £22.99 pb., 978 1 60846 067 0.
by / RP 184 (Mar/Apr 2014) / Individual Review

Review | RP184 (Mar/Apr 2014)

In ‘The Notion of Bourgeois Revolution’ (1976) Perry Anderson wrote: ‘Among the concepts traditionally associated with historical materialism, few have been so problematic and contested as that of bourgeois revolution.’ Neil Davidson’s book may be considered a long and exhaustive response to Anderson’s more punctual reflection, in which …


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!
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On your bike

by / RP 183 (Jan/Feb 2014) / Individual Review

Peter Sloterdijk, You Must Change Your Life, Polity Press, Cambridge and Malden MA, 2013. 503 pp., £35.00 hb., 978 0 74564 921 4. Peter Sloterdijk, The Art of Philosophy, Columbia University Press, New York and Chichester, 2012. 146 pp., £41.50 hb., £13.95 pb., 978 0 23115 870 1 hb., 978 0 23115 871 8 pb.


Red Carnation

by / RP 183 (Jan/Feb 2014) / Individual Review

Peter Hallward and Knox Peden, eds, Concept and Form, Volume 1: Key Texts from the ‘Cahiers pour l’analyse’, Verso, London and New York, 2012. 272 pp., £16.99 pb., 978 1 84467 872 3. Peter Hallward and Knox Peden, eds, Concept and Form, Volume 2: Interviews and Essays on the ‘Cahiers pour l’analyse’, Verso, London and …


Culture and admin

by / RP 182 (Nov/Dec 2013) / Individual 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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Turn left and follow the path of least resistance

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

Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift, Arts of the Political: New Openings for the Left, Duke University Press, Durham NC, 2013. 240 pp., £62.00 hb., £15.99 pb., 978 0 82235 387 4 hb., 978 0 82235 401 7 pb.

This book makes a much-needed attempt to revamp the Left’s struggle to ‘voice a politics of social …


Conditions of the university

by / RP 181 (Sept/Oct 2013) / Individual Review

Andrew McGettigan, The Great University Gamble: Money, Markets and the Future of Education, Pluto Press, London, 2013. 232 pp., £54.00 hb., £15.00 pb., 978 0 74533 294 9 hb., 978 0 74533 293 2 pb.

In an interview with Giovanna Borradori given after 9/11, Jacques Derrida said: ‘I am incapable of knowing who today …


181 Reviews

Andrew McGettigan, The Great University Gamble: Money, Markets and the Future of Higher Education Frederick Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human I, Frederich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human II and Unpublished Fragments Henriette Gunkel, Chrysanthi Nigianni and Fanny Söderbäck, eds, Unditiful Daughters: New Directions in Feminist Thought and Practice Douglas Murphy, The Architecture of Failure Sally Anne Haslanger, Resisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique Oxana Timofeeva, History of Animals: An Essay on Negativity, Immanence and Freedom James McFarland, Constellation: Friedrich Nietzsche and Walter Benjamin in the Now-time of History
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Lacking a homunculus

by / RP 181 (Sept/Oct 2013) / Individual Review

Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human I, trans. Gary Handwerk, Stanford University Press, Stanford, 1997. 396 pp., £60.50 hb., £24.95 pb., 978 0 80472 665 8 hb., 978 0 80474 171 2 pb.

Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human II and Unpublished Fragments (Spring 1878–Fall 1879), trans. Gary Handwerk, Stanford University Press, Stanford, 2012. 648 …


Look at his marvellous hands!

by / RP 180 (July/Aug 2013) / Individual Review

Yvonne Sherratt, Hitler’s Philosophers, Yale University Press, New Haven CT and London, 2013. 336 pp., £25.00 hb., 978 0 30015 193 0.

Yvonne Sherratt’s book on the response of philosophers to the Third Reich is written in the style of a docudrama. There are colourful descriptions of foliage in Heidegger’s Todtnauberg and peasants in ‘folksy …