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191 Reviews

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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) / Individual 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 …


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, …


New forms, old problems

by / RP 190 (Mar/Apr 2015) / Individual 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) / Individual 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) / Individual 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 …


187 Reviews

by , , , , , , and / RP 187 (Sept/Oct 2014) / Reviews

Étienne Balibar, Identity and Difference: John Locke and the Invention of Consciousness

Iain MacKenzie

Étienne Balibar, Equaliberty: Political Essays

Nina Power

Jennifer Mensch, Kant’s Organicism: Epigenesis and the Development of Critical Philosophy

Steve Howard

Adrian Johnston, Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism, Volume 1: The Outcome of Contemporary French Philosophy

Simon Morgan Wortham

Nikolas Rose and …


Socialism or Balibarism

by and / RP 187 (Sept/Oct 2014) / Individual Review

  It’s me again

Étienne Balibar, Identity and Difference: John Locke and the Invention of Consciousness, trans. Warren Montag, edited and introduced by Stella Sandford, Verso, London and New York, 2013. xlvi + 158 pp., £51.98 hb., £14.99 pb., 978 1 78168 135 0 hb., 978 1 78168 134 3 pb.

In recent years there …


The pig’s head

by / RP 187 (Sept/Oct 2014) / Individual Review

Adrian Johnston, Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism, Volume 1: The Outcome of Contemporary French Philosophy, Northwestern University Press, Evanston IL, 2013. 257 pp., £26.67 pb., 978 0 81012 912 2.

Prologomena to Any Future Materialism is the first volume in a proposed trilogy. As such it seeks to clear the ground …


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 …


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

by / RP 186 (Jul/Aug 2014) / Individual Review

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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 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 …