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  • Absent Without Leave

    Price: $31.00

    They were not the “Banquet Years,” those anxious wartime years when poets and novelists were made to feel embarrassed by their impulse to write literature. And yet it was the attitude of those writers and critics in the 1930s and 1940s that shaped French literature – the ideas of Derrida, Foucault, de Man, Deleuze, and Ricoeur – and has so profoundly influenced literary enterprise in the English-speaking world since 1968. This literary history, the prehistory of postmodernism, is what Denis Hollier recovers in his interlocking studies of the main figures of French literary life before the age of anxiety gave way to the era of existentialist commitment. George Bataille, Michel Leiris, Roger Caillois, Andre Malraux, the early Jean-Paul Sartre are the figures Hollier considers, writers torn between politics and the pleasures of the text. They appear here uneasily balancing the influences of the philosopher and the man of action. These studies convey the paradoxical heroism of writers fighting for a world that would extend no rights or privileges to writers,...

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  • Liberal Socialism

    Price: $60.00

    First published in 1930, amidst the collapse of socialist ideals and the onset of fascism throughout parts of Europe, Liberal Socialism is a powerful and timely document on the ethics of political action. During his confinement for his anti-fascist beliefs, the Italian political philosopher Carlo Rosselli (1899-1937) wrote this work not only as a critique of fascism, but also as an investigation into the history of Marxism and the need for a liberal reformulation of socialism. In this first English- language edition, Nadia Urbinati highlights both the historical and theoretical importance of Liberal Socialism, which continued to inspire the anti-fascist movement “Giustizia e Libert.” long after Rosselli’s assassination by Mussolini’s agents, and which outlines a possible rebirth of the socialist and democratic movements. Rosselli’s analysis provides an illuminating interpretation of the ideological crisis of Marxism, in its positivistic version, during the late nineteenth century and exposes the intellectual weakness of revisionist efforts to delineate new versions of Marx’s doctrine. He encourages readers to view socialism as an ethical ideal and to consider whether Marxist or liberal methods combine better with socialism to achieve that ideal....

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  • Black Fire

    Price: $14.95

    “A well-written and engaging autobiography from a hitherto little-known figure in American radicalism. Peery begins his reminiscences in rural Wabasha, Minnesota, where his was the only black family, and continues with an exploration of how his mixed African-American and Native American genealogy affected his being. After his father, a blue-collar railway employee, moves the family to Minneapolis, the author encounters genuine racism for the first time when he begins to date a white girl (a German-American whose father believes in the righteousness of Hitler’s cause). Gradually, the Depression, the Spanish Civil War, the trial of the Scottsboro Boys, and exposure to the Communist Party radicalize Peery. He participates in activities to bring about desegregation and social and economic justice. Serving in WW II, in the all-black 93rd Infantry, he is stationed in the South and sees the injustices of Jim Crow up close (including in the US Army). Returning from the Pacific theater, he becomes determined to eradicate all forms of inequality....

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  • On Jean-Luc Nancy

    Price: $21.95

    On Jean-Luc Nancy presents, for the first time in English, some of the key issues at the heart of Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy’s work. We see some of the key motifs that have characterized their work: their debt to a Heideggerian pre-understanding of philosophy, the centrality of the “figure” in western philosophy and the totalitarianism of both politics and the political. Through contemporary readings of the political in Freud, Heidegger and Marx they reveal how philosophy relies on the political for its reinvention and representation and how it has done so since Socrates’ meditation on the polis. Contributors include Georges van den Abeele, Miguel de Beistegui, howard Caygill, Fred Dallmayr, Francis Fischer, Rodolphe Gasche, Werner Hamacher, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jeffrey S. Librett, Alphonso Lingis, Michael B. Naas and Wilhelm S. Wurzer.”These extraordinarily timely essays do far more than make sense of Nancy’s work. They take from that work a sense of orientation that remains once the great Western project called philosophy has reached its limit .”...

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  • Tolstoy's Spiritual Economics

    Price: $65.00

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  • Radical Heroes

    Price: $19.95

    This book examines the ideas of two of the most controversial radical heroes of adult education, Antonio Gramsci and Paulo Freire, gauging their significance for the development of a radical politics of adult education in the post-Soviet, post-apartheid new world order. Gramsci offers a noble vision of the role of adult education in the creation of revolutionary Marxist hegemony; but the cause he lived and died for has all but collapsed. Nevertheless, his distinction between common sense and good sense, his theory of the intellectual and his concept of hegemony bear scrutiny today. In Freire’s pedagogy of the oppressed, the relationship between leader and followed, teacher and student, is problematic and this book questions whether his pedagogy has the liberating potential he envisioned. The author considers and rejects the linkage of Gramsci’s and Freire’s ideas in the adult education literature. Nonetheless, Gramsci and Freire have huge symbolic importance as radical heroes in an under-theorized and marginalised field. The study highlights a problem with the radical hero phenomenon: when individuals become icons,...

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