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Anti-Revolutionary Republicanism

Claude Lefort’s Machiavelli
by / RP 182 (Nov/Dec 2013) / Article

Amidst the enthusiasm marking the five hundredth anniversary of Machiavelli’s composition of The Prince in 1513, there is one recent publication that risks being overlooked. Last year saw the belated appearance in English of the French political philosopher Claude Lefort’s most substantial work, his 1972 doctoral thesis: Le travail de l’œuvre Machiavel. This volume, abridged in English and retitled Machiavelli in the Making,1 would turn out to be the only […]


A precarious dialogue

Dossier: The Greek Symptom: Debt, Crisis and the Crisis of the Left
by and / RP 181 (Sept/Oct 2013) / Interview

Maria Kakogianni    It seems to me that we are in an intermediary situation today. The period of the great renunciation of the revolutionary past, and of the ‘end of History’, seems to be giving way to a new sequence of popular struggles (the Arab Spring, Los Indignados, Occupy Wall Street, etc.). But, within this new sequence, it also seems that we are just about to run out of breath for the […]


178 Reviews

Books Reviewed: Massimilliano Tomba, Marx’s Temporalities Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance Edward Baring, The Young Derrida and French Philosophy, 1945–1968 Eyal Weizman, The Least of All Possible Evils: Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza Kevin B. Anderson and Russell Rockwell, eds, The Dunayevskaya–Marcuse–Fromm Correspondence Louis Althusser, Cours sur Rousseau McKenzie Wark, The Beach Beneath the Street: The Curious Times and Everyday Life of the Situationist International Richard Gilman-Opalsky, Spectacular Capitalism: Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy Julie Stephens, Confronting Postmaternal Thinking: Feminism, Memory and Care Routledge, Security Studies: New Titles and Key Backlist, 2012 After History: Alexandre Kojève as a Photographer, BAK, Utrecht, 20 May-15 July 2012
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An introduction to Alain Badiou’s ‘The autonomy of the aesthetic process’

by / RP 178 (Mar/Apr 2013) / Article

See Alain Badiou, ‘The Autonomy of the Aesthetic Process’ (in the same issue)


More than everything

Žižek's Badiouian Hegel
by / RP 177 (Jan/Feb 2013) / Article

There are philosophical books, minor classics even, which are widely known and referred to, although no one has actually read them page by page… a nice example of interpassivity, where some figure of the Other is supposed to do the reading for us. Slavoj Žižek1 Allow me to be that figure (for now anyway), for Žižek has published a book which, while in no way unread­able – assuming one lives […]


Figures of interpellation in Althusser and Fanon

by / RP 173 (May/Jun 2012) / Article


The patient cannot last long

Dossier: The Althusser–Rancière Controversy
by / RP 170 (Nov/Dec 2011) / Article

The presence on our bookshelves of such texts as Louis Althusser’s Reply to John Lewis and Jacques Rancière’s Althusser’s Lesson immediately invites the readers who pick them up to ask themselves what might be at play between titles that so readily mix, miss or specify the genres – if there are any – through which a text seeks its readers. Formally, Althusser gave the impression that he was engaging in a straightforward […]


Reviewing Rancière. Or, the persistence of discrepancies

Dossier: The Althusser–Rancière Controversy
by / RP 170 (Nov/Dec 2011) / Article

In the nearly four decades since its original publication, Althusser’s Lesson has acquired a certain mythical aura as the dark precursor of things to come. Even with the wealth of translations of Jacques Rancière’s work that have been published at an increasingly feverish pace over the past few years in the wake of the author’s worldwide success as a bestselling thinker of politics and aesthetics, this book – in my eyes […]


Red years: Althusser’s lesson, Rancière’s error and the real movement of history

Dossier: The Althusser–Rancière Controversy
by / RP 170 (Nov/Dec 2011) / Article

The dissolution of the organizational forms which are created by the movement, and which disappear when the movement ends, does not reflect the weakness of the movement, but rather its strength. The time of false battles is over. The only conflict that appears real is the one that leads to the destruction of capitalism. François Martin and Jean Barrot (aka Gilles Dauvé), Eclipse and Re-emergence of the Communist Movement (1973) ‘The […]


Student problems (1964)

Dossier: The Althusser–Rancière Controversy (with an introduction by Warren Montag)
by / RP 170 (Nov/Dec 2011) / Article

What are the theoretical principles of Marxism that should and can come into play in the scientific analysis of the university milieu to which students, along with teachers, research workers and administrators, belong?* Essentially, the Marxist concepts of the technical and social divisions of labour. Marx applied these principles in the analysis of capitalist society. They are valid for the analysis of all human societies (in the sense that social […]


From the Archive: Rancière, Althusser and Ideology

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The first English translation of Jacques Rancière’s 1969 essay ‘On the Theory of Ideology’ (drafted for an anthology on Althusser published in Argentina) was published in Radical Philosophy 7 (Spring 1974). This translation was based on the French version that first appeared in 1973, and included Rancière’s Afterword and the self-critical footnotes, indicating his reservations about aspects of his earlier position (and subsequently removed by the author in Emiliano Battista’s recent translation […]


The gender apparatus

Torture and national manhood in the US ‘war on terror’
by / RP 168 (Jul/Aug 2011) / Article

Feminist protest against US torture practices, including outcries over the use of sex, sexuality and sexual identity in the torture of prisoners at US detention sites from Guantánamo to Abu Ghraib, have understandably tended to focus on what the abuse destroys – the victim and his or her community. Here, though, I ask what the torture produces. Borrowing and revising a question that Catharine MacKinnon posed about genocide (‘What is […]


Theory (Madness of)

From structure to rhizome: transdisciplinarity in French thought (2)
by / RP 167 (May/Jun 2011) / Article

Forty years or so after it initially rose as a rather new name for a rather new thing, theory is still an obtruse signifier, troubling and floating, requiring we go back to basics. Theory as we most often understand it today is the name given by the English-speaking intellectual community to a certain type of contemporary Continental (largely French) philosophy. It is the name both of a transdisciplinary form of […]


Structure: method or subversion of the social sciences?

From structure to rhizome: transdisciplinarity in French thought (1)
by / RP 165 (Jan/Feb 2011) / Article

It seems there’s no longer any real doubt as to the answer to this question, and that it is doubly negative. ‘Structuralism’, or what was designated as such mainly in France in the 1960s and 1970s (setting aside the question of other uses), is no longer regarded as a truly fertile method in the domains of sociology and anthropology, nor in those of linguistics and psychology, even if many of […]


Necro-economics

Adam Smith and death in the life of the universal
by / RP 134 (Nov/Dec 2005) / Article


125 Reviews

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Gilbert Achcar, The Clash of Barbarisms: September 11 and the Making of the New World Disorder Verna V. Gehring, ed., War after September 11 Stanley Hauerwas and Frank Lentricchia, eds, Dissent from the Homeland: Essays after September 11 Alain Joxe, Empire of Disorder Martin Ryle Peter Hallward, Badiou: A Subject to Truth Jean-Jacques Lecercle Charity Scribner, Requiem for Communism Esther Leslie Jean-Michel Rabaté, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Lacan Slavoj […]


124 Reviews

by , , , , and / RP 124 (Mar/Apr 2004) / Reviews

Louis Althusser, The Humanist Controversy and Other Writings Martin Halliwell and Andy Mousley, Critical Humanisms: Humanist/Anti-Humanist Dialogue Nina Power Leonard Lawlor, The Challenge of Bergsonism Michael Vaughan Mark Neocleous, Imagining the State John Kraniauskas Stanley Aronowitz and Peter Bratsis, Paradigm Lost: State Theory Reconsidered Mark Neocleous Ben Watson, Shitkicks and Doughballs Ian Patterson Bertell Ollman, Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marxʼs Method Chris Arthur


Surveillance and class in Big Brother

by / RP 117 (Jan/Feb 2003) / Article


It’s the political economy, stupid!

On Zizek’s Marxism
by / RP 108 (Jul/Aug 2001) / Article


Actually existing postcolonialism

by / RP 104 (Nov/Dec 2000) / Article