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David Bowie, 1947–2016
by / RP 196 (Mar/Apr 2016) / Commentary

As the limousine cruises its way through an arid Californian landscape, a pale and thin David Bowie sits in the back and humorously reflects that he never wanted to be a rock ’n’ roll star, ‘honest guv, I wasn’t even there’. This is a 27-year-old Bowie talking to Alan Yentob in 1974 and screened as the BBC …


175 Reviews

Books Reviewed:

Malcolm Bull, Anti-Nietzsche

Hasana Sharp, Spinoza and the Politics of Renaturalization

Daniel Loick, Kritik der Souveränität

Mick Smith, Against Ecological Sovereignty: Ethics, Biopolitics, and Saving the Natural World

Mark Neocleous and George S. Rigakos, eds, Anti-Security

Kathi Weeks, The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries

Matt Ffytche, The Foundation of the Unconscious: Schelling, Freud and the Birth of the Modern Psyche

Keston Sutherland, Stupefaction: A Radical Anatomy of Phantoms

Steven Connor, A Philosophy of Sport


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The future is subhuman

by / RP 175 (Sep/Oct 2012) / Review

Malcolm Bull, Anti-Nietzsche, Verso, London & New York, 2011. 256 pp., £14.99 hb., 978 1 85984 574 5.

This is an intriguing book, and its principal thesis is highly provocative. My reaction to it is an ambivalent one: there are aspects of the book that are to be greatly welcomed, such as its …


167 Reviews

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‘Never a fascist’?

Maurice Blanchot, Political Writings, 1953–1993, translated with an introduction by Zakir Paul, foreword by Kevin Hart, Fordham University Press, New York, 2010. 200 pp.

Howard Caygill

It is perhaps appropriate that this collection of political writings by Maurice Blanchot is marked by a troubling absence. Yet it …


Demanding Deleuze

by / RP 126 (Jul/Aug 2004) / Article


103 Reviews

by , , , , , , and / RP 103 (Sep/Oct 2000) / Reviews

Joseph Schwartz, Cassandraʼs Daughter: A History of Pyschoanalysis in Europe and America Eli Zaretsky

Paul Redding, The Logic of Affect Christine Battersby

Terry Eagleton, The Idea of Culture Francis Mulhern, Culture/Metaculture Martin Ryle

Lynne Segal, Why Feminism? Gender, Psychology, Politics Jennifer Hornsby

Toril Moi, What is a Woman? And Other Essays Lynne Segal

Alain Badiou,


76 Reviews

by , , , , , , , , , , and / RP 076 (Mar/Apr 1996) / Reviews

Louis-Jean Calvet, Roland Barthes: A Biography David Macey

John E. Roemer, A Future for Socialism John E. Roemer, Egalitarian Perspectives Erik Olin Wright, Interrogating Inequality Gregory Elliott

Ronald Dworkin, Life’s Dominion Richard Norman

Lynne Segal, Straight Sex Jean Grimshaw

Martin Jay, Downcast Eyes John Armitage

Hilary Putnam, Words and Life Max de Gaynesford

Alphonso Lingis,


72 Reviews

by , , , , , , , , , , , and / RP 072 (Jul/Aug 1995) / Reviews

David Schweickart, Against Capitalism Marcus Roberts

Stanley Cavell, A Pitch of Philosophy Stephen Mulhall

Cornell West, Keeping Faith: Philosophy and Race in America Homi K. Bhabha, The Location of Culture Rod Edmund

Malcolm Bowie, Psychoanalysis and the Future of Theory Teresa Brennan, History After Lacan Stephen Frosh

Toril Moi, Simone de Beauvoir Kate Soper

Andrew …


70 Reviews

by , , , , , , , , , , , , and / RP 070 (Mar/Apr 1995) / Reviews

Daniel Bell, Communitarianism and its Critics Stephen Holmes, The Anatomy of Antiliberalism Alasdair Maclntyre

Jean-Paul Sartre, Notebooks for an Ethics H.W. Wardman, Jean-Paul Sartre: The Evolution of his Thought and Art Andrew Dobson, Jean-Paul Sartre and the Politics of Reason David Macey

Philip Barker, Michel Foucault: Subversions of the Subject Caroline Ramazanoglu, ed., Up Against …


64 Reviews

by , , , , , , , , , , , , , and / RP 064 (Summer 1993) / Reviews

Jean-François Lyotard, The Inhuman: Reflections on Time Norbert Elias, Time: An Essay Peter Osborne

Stephen Mulhall and Adam Swift, Liberals and Communitarians Richard Bellamy, Liberalism and Modern Society: an Historical Argument David Archard

Simon Critchley, The Ethics of Deconstruction: Derrida and Levinas William Large

Stephen Houlgate, Freedom, Truth and History: An Introduction to Hegel’s Philosophy


61 Reviews

by , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and / RP 061 (Summer 1992) / Reviews

Bernard Harrison, Inconvenient Fictions: Literature and the Limits of Theory Genevieve Lloyd

Len Doyal and lan Gough, A Theory of Human Need Roger Harris

Gregor McLennan, Marxism, Pluralism and Beyond Kevin Magill

Krishnan Kumar, Utopianism Ruth Levitas, The Concept of Utopia Ernst Bloch, Heritage of Our Times Vincent Geoghegan

Ellie Ragland Sullivan and Mark Bracher, …


60 Reviews

by , , , , , , , , , , , , , and / RP 060 (Spring 1992) / Reviews

Kate Soper, Troubled Pleasures: Writings on Politics, Gender and Hedonism Peter Osborne, ed., Socialism and the Limits of Liberalism Dave Archard

Richard Rorty, Objectivity, Relativism and Truth and Essays on Heidegger and Others, Philosophical Papers, Vols. I and II Kate Soper

Terry Eagleton, Ideology: An Introduction Richard Rorty

Gary Saul Morson and Caryl Emerson, Mikhail Bakhtin: Creation of …


56 Reviews

by , , , , , , , , and / RP 056 (Autumn 1990) / Reviews

Geoffrey Scarre, ed., Children, Parents and Politics Carolyn Steedman, Childhood, Culture and Class in Britain: Margaret McMillan, 1860-1931 David Archard

Alison Assiter, Pornography, Feminism and the lndividual Jean Grimshaw

Otto Pöggeler, Martin Heidegger’s Path of Thinking Jonathan Rée

David Gooding, Trevor Pinch, Simon Schaffer, eds., The Uses of Experiment Jonathan Powers

Morwenna Griffiths and Margaret …


54 Reviews

by , , , , , , , , , , , , and / RP 054 (Spring 1990) / Reviews

Isidor Feinstein Stone, The Trial of Socrates Ken Sievers

Gerhard Funke, Phenomenology: Metaphysics or Method? Jonathan Rée

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, Anna Freud: A Biography David Macey

Tom Regan, Animal Rights Arne Naess, Ecology, Community and Lifestyle Andy Dobson

Charles L. Griswold, ed., Platonic Writings, Platonic Readings Claude Pehrson

Amitai Etzioni, The Moral Dimension: Toward a New …


Nietzsche: A Radical Challenge To Political Theory?

by / RP 054 (Spring 1990) / Article

Only if mankind possessed a universally recognised goal would it be possible to propose ‘thus and thus is the right course of action’: for the present there exists no such goal. It is thus irrational and trivial to impose the demands of morality upon mankind. – To recommend a goal to mankind is …


46 Reviews

by , , , , , , , , , and / RP 046 (Summer 1987) / Reviews

A.N. Whitehead, Science and the Modern World Jonathan Powers

Emst Bloch, Natural Law and Human Dignity Peter Osborne

C.J. Arthur, Dialectics of Labour: Marx and his relation to Hegel R. A. Stern

Jon Elster, An Introduction to Karl Marx Sean Sayers

Istvan Mészaros, Philosophy, Ideology and Social Sciences: Essays in Negation and Affirmation Andy Dobson


45 Reviews

by , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and / RP 045 (Spring 1987) / Reviews

Ernst Bloch, The Principle of Hope Vincent Geoghegan

Kate Soper, Humanism and Anti-Humanism Noel Parker Richard Edwards

Evelyn Fox Keller, Reflections on Gender and Science Kathryn Russell

G. W. F. Hegel, The Philosophical Propaedeutic Sean Sayers

Dick Howard, From Marx to Kant Keith Ansell-Pearson

Hilary Lawson, Reflexivity: The Post-Modern Predicament The Second of January Group, …


The Narration of an Unhappy Consciousness

Lukács, Marxism, the Novel, and Beyond
by / RP 043 (Summer 1986) / Article


42 Reviews

by , , , , , , , , , , , , , and / RP 042 (Winter/Spring 1986) / Reviews

Jeffrey Moussaieff Mason, ed., The Complete Letters of Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess, 1887-1904 Jeffrey Moussaleff Mason, The Assault on Truth: Freud’s suppression of the seduction theory Stephen Marcus, Freud and the Culture of Psychoanalysis David Archard

Noel W. Thompson, The People’s Science: the popular political economy of exploitation and crisis, 1816-34 Mike Shortland

R. C. Lewontin, …


41 Reviews

by , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and / RP 041 (Autumn 1985) / Reviews

H. S. Harris, Hegel’s Development, Volume 11: Night Thoughts (Jena 1801-6) Robert C. Solomon, In the Spirit of Hegel M. J. Inwood, Hegel Jonathan Rée

Susan J. Hekman, Max Weber and Contemporary Social Theory Gianfranco Poggi, Calvinism and the Capitalist Spirit: Max Weber’s ‘Protestant Ethic’ Stephen P. Turner and Regis A. Factor, Max Weber and …