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195 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
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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

by , , , , , and / RP 194 (Nov/Dec 2015) / Reviews

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

by , , , , , , , , , , and / RP 190 (Mar/Apr 2015) / Reviews

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, …


New forms, old problems

by / RP 190 (Mar/Apr 2015) / Review

Colin Mooers, Imperial Subjects: Citizenship in an Age of Crisis and Empire, Bloomsbury, London, 2014. 152 pp., £14.99 pb., 978 1 44116 493 3.

This is a small book on the inner connections of global capitalism, the imperial system, and the form and content of contemporary liberal citizenship. Through the prism of ‘imperial subjects’ – …


Etherized

by / RP 190 (Mar/Apr 2015) / Review

Pamela M. Lee, Forgetting the Art World, MIT Press, Cambridge MA, 2012. 248 pp., £27.95 hb., 978 0 26201 773 2.

Contemporary art from its inception has been framed by two mutually constitutive crises: an identity crisis and a legitimacy crisis. The implicit periodization of contemporary art commences roughly in 1970; that is, when Adorno …


189 Reviews

by , , , , , , and / RP 189 (Jan/Feb 2015) / Reviews

Pier Paolo Pasolini, St Paul: A Screenplay

Howard Caygill

Hanns Eisler in Conversation with Hans Bunge, Brecht, Music and Culture

Todd Cronan

Walter Benjamin, Radio Benjamin

Sam Dolbear

Barbara Cassin, Sophistical Practice: Toward a Consistent Relativism

Paul Earlie

Mark Neocleous, War Power, Police Power

Philip Derbyshire

Leela Gandhi, The Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy

Nardina Kaur

Peter …


188 Reviews

by , , , , , , and / RP 188 (Nov/Dec 2014) / Reviews

Tristan Garcia Form and Object: A Treatise on Things

Nathan Brown

Knox Peden Spinoza Contra Phenomenology: French Rationalism from Cavaillès to Deleuze

Harrison Fluss

Nadir Lahiji ed. Architecture against the Post-Political: Essays in Reclaiming the Critical Project

Nadir Lahiji ed. The Missed Encounter of Radical Philosophy with Architecture

Douglas Murphy

Ole Bjerg, Making Money: The Philosophy …


Speculation at the crossroads

by / RP 188 (Nov/Dec 2014) / Review

Tristan Garcia, Form and Object: A Treatise on Things, trans. Mark Allan Ohm and Jon Cogburn, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 2014. 488 pp., £85.00 hb., £24.99 pb., 978 0 74868 149 5 hb., 978 0 74868 150 1 pb.

In 2011, the publication of The Speculative Turn drew together discrepant realist and materialist philosophical projects …