The Best Books of 2018

It's time to restore a tradition on this blog: the classic year-end best books list. 2018 has been a fairly significant year for my research and reading. As you will see below, my primary concerns orbit around political economy, psychoanalysis, the history of Marxist thought, the Black Radical Tradition, the theological genealogy of socialist thought, …

My Book Review of The Left Hemisphere: Mapping Critical Theory Today

My review of Remzig Keucheyan's, The Left Hemisphere: Mapping Critical Theory Today is up at the Huffington Post. As you can see from my review, I found the book to be a tremendous contribution to the field of left politics and organization and to the academic field of critical theory. Has critical theory begun to shrug off the …

Subjectivation: Aufheben or Therapy?

I've just finished After the Future by Franco "Bifo" Berardi, a text that I loved for its effortless prose and ability to convey theoretical ideas with a refreshing sense of clarity. Bifo is an expert on Guattari, and so his whole approach to the question of subjectivity is premised on a non-dialectical approach, one that …

Review: Badiou’s “Deleuze: The Clamor of Being”

Badiou's book on Deleuze, Deleuze: The Clamor of Being presents Deleuze as an aristocratic philosopher of the One, a Nietzschean vitalist who isn't too far removed from Plato's Parmenidies in continually affirming that there is only One path to being. Badiou's text has generated many important controversies and bones of contention. Zizek's work on Deleuze, …

The Other’s Other: Alienation After Derrida

The concept of alienation at its core implies that the true nature of something, its essence, or its actual existence is divorced from its real nature. This definition depends on essentialism; the idea that there is a true nature to things, hence it is a metaphysical concept. What is this true nature? It varies widely …