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Contributor Archive: Peter Hallward

Reason and revolt

Guy Lardreau’s early voluntarism and its limits
by / RP 190 (Mar/Apr 2015) / Article

Guy Lardreau has few rivals for the honour of being the most under-appreciated contemporary French philosopher. [1] A student of Louis Althusser at the École Normale in the late 1960s and a flamboyant figure in Maoist intellectual circles before and after 1968, he remains best known for his searing reflections on …


Blanqui’s bifurcations

Dossier: Blanqui's Eternal Gap


by / RP 185 (May/Jun 2014) / Article, Blanqui's Eternal Gap, Dossier

Auguste Blanqui’s Eternity by the Stars (1872) is perhaps the only text, across the scattered fragments of his œuvre, that poses a genuine problem of interpretation. [1] How could this ultra-voluntarist revolutionary come to embrace a vision of the cosmos based on endless repetition and the eternal recycling of monotonous variation? …


Defiance or emancipation?

by / RP 183 (Jan/Feb 2014) / Article

On Howard Caygill, On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance, Bloomsbury, London, 2013. 264 pp., £20.00 hb., 978 1 472522 58 0. Numbers in parentheses in the main text refer to pages of this book.

What is resistance? Rather than offering a conceptual definition, Howard Caygill’s new book approaches resistance as a problematic and elusive practice …


Noam Chomsky

Freedom and power
by and / RP 172 (Mar/Apr 2012) / Interview

Peter Hallward I’d like to start by asking you about some of your basic philosophical principles, starting with your understanding of human freedom and creativity. In the modern European tradition I’m most familiar with, freedom is a dominant philosophical theme from Descartes through Rousseau to Kant. With Kant we have an affirmation …


The will of the people

Notes towards a dialectical voluntarism


by / RP 155 (May/Jun 2009) / Article

By ‘will of the people’ I mean a deliberate, emancipatory and inclusive process of collective self-determination. Like any kind of will, its exercise is voluntary and autonomous, a matter of practical freedom; like any form of collective action, it involves assembly and organization. Recent examples of the sort of popular will that I have in …


152 Reviews

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Quentin Meillassoux, After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency Peter Hallward

Christopher Kelty, Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software James Tobias

Nicos Poulantzas, The Poulantzas Reader: Marxism, Law and the State Bob Jessop

Peg Rawes, Space, Geometry and Aesthetics: Through Kant and towards Deleuze Garin Dowd

Alastair Morgan, Adorno’s Concept of …


149 Reviews

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Julian Bourg, From Revolution to Ethics: May ’68 and Contemporary French Thought Knox Peden

Alain Badiou, De Quoi Sarkozy est-il le nom? Circonstances Peter Hallward

Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism Robert Spencer

John Roberts, The Intangibilities of Form: Skill and Deskilling in Art after the Readymade Steve Edwards

Matthew Beaumont, …


A Haitian boat disaster

by / RP 145 (Sep/Oct 2007) / News


139 Reviews

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Wendy Brown, Edgework: Critical Essays on Knowledge and Politics Alessandra Tanesini

Ian James, The Fragmentary Demand: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Jean-Luc Nancy Peter Hallward

Lars Tønder and Lasse Thomassen, eds, Radical Democracy: Politics between Abundance and Lack Darrow Schecter, Beyond Hegemony: Towards a New Philosophy of Political Legitimacy Jon Beasley-Murray

Werner Bonefeld and …


Voting for hope

Elections in Haiti
by / RP 138 (Jul/Aug 2006) / Commentary


134 Reviews

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Hent de Vries, Minimal Theologies: Critiques of Secular Reason in Adorno and Levinas Espen Hammer

Julian Bourg, ed., After the Deluge: New Perspectives on the Intellectual and Cultural History of Postwar France Patrick ffrench

Namascar Shaktini, ed., On Monique Wittig Joanne Winning

Didier Eribon, Insult and the Making of the Gay Self Lee Edelman, No …


Haitian inspiration

On the bicentenary of Haiti’s independence
by / RP 123 (Jan/Feb 2004) / Commentary


Justification or affirmation?

by and / RP 114 (Jul/Aug 2002) / Article

To Have Done with Justification: A Reply to Christian Kerslake Peter Hallward

Copernican Deleuzeanism: A Justification Christian Kerslake


112 Reviews

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J.M. Bernstein, Adorno: Disenchantment and Ethics Alastair Morgan

Simon Critchley, Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction John Sellars

Ulrich Beck and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim, Individualization Jane Lewis, The End of Marriage? Individualism and Intimate Relations Lynne Segal

Hubert L. Dreyfus, On the Internet B.K. Ridley, On Science Slavoj Zijek, On Belief Andrew McGettigan

Jacques Bidet and …


Whose war?

by / RP 110 (Nov/Dec 2001) / News


104 Reviews

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G.A. Cohen, If Youʼre an Egalitarian, How Come Youʼre So Rich? Sean Sayers

Lutz Koepnick, Walter Benjamin and the Aesthetics of Power Esther Leslie, Walter Benjamin: Overpowering Conformism Giles Peaker

Alexander García Düttmann, Between Cultures: Tensions in the Struggle for Recognition Peter Hallward

Ross Poole, Nation and Identity Bruce Robbins

Kimberly Hutchings, International Political Theory: …


Ethics without others

A reply to Critchley on Badiou’s Ethics
by / RP 102 (Jul/Aug 2000) / Article


The singular and the specific

Recent French philosophy
by / RP 099 (Jan/Feb 2000) / Article


Gilles Deleuze and the redemption from interest

by / RP 081 (Jan/Feb 1997) / Article