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  • Totalization as critique: a review of Marxism and Psychoanalysis: In or Against Psychology|David Pavón-Cuéllar 

    Tupinambá, Gabriel (University of Canterbury, 2017)
    Breakthroughs in thinking are usually made by rendering certain differences less different. Works of art, political mots d’ordre, scientific creations – as well as psychoanalytic interpretations - are capable of novelty ...
  • Universal Life: A review reading of The Lost Thread: The Democracy of Modern Fiction | Jacques Rancière 

    Boncardo, Robert (University of Canterbury, 2017)
    This article introduces Jacques Rancière’s The Lost Thread: The Democracy of Modern Fiction, a book that has not yet been the object of extensive scholarly discussion. Working through the arguments from each of the book’s ...
  • Proof-texting Capital via the ‘short-circuit’: a religious text? 

    Grimshaw, Mike (University of Canterbury, 2017)
    Drawing on Benjamin, Agamben expresses the central importance and function of citation: Just as through citation a secret meeting takes place between past generations and ours, so too between the writing of the past and ...
  • Sharing, Not Selling: Marx Against Value 

    Smith, David Norman (University of Canterbury, 2017)
    The originality of Marx’s Capital is often underestimated. Countless commentaries have appeared, but only a few have taken the full measure of Capital’s truly unique and counter-intuitive outlook. Critics generally assume ...
  • The Organic Composition of Big Mama 

    Worrell, Mark P.; Krier, Daniel (University of Canterbury, 2017)
    A century and a half after Marx’s Capital, a synthetic idea of post-revolutionary society remains to be completed. We note a disconnect between Marx’s brilliant dialectical analysis of the commodity and the prophesized ...
  • Man is a Werewolf to Man: Capital and the Limits of Political Anthropology 

    Read, Jason (University of Canterbury, 2017)
    In the nineteen sixties and seventies the question of Marx's humanism, his attachment to an idea of human nature, was hotly debated. In the years since that debate has subsided the question of Marx and the human has emerged ...
  • Marx and Art: Use, Value, Poetry 

    Alizadeh, Ali (University of Canterbury, 2017)
    Despite Karl Marx’s overwhelming focus on economics and politics – culminating in Capital: Critique of Political Economy – his philosophy has inspired an array of Marxist or Marxian theories regarding the arts. Yet, the ...
  • Fictitious Capital and the Re-emergence of Personal Forms of Domination 

    Carson, Rebecca (University of Canterbury, 2017)
    Through analysing the link between fictitious capital and social reproduction, this article shows how the increased circulation of fictitious capital leads to the re-emergence of personal forms of domination. This re-emergence ...
  • Beatitude: Marx, Aristotle, Averroes, Spinoza 

    Stolze, Ted (University of Canterbury, 2017)
    In this article I argue that Ernst Bloch was profoundly correct to identify a materialist philosophical tendency that runs from Aristotle, through Averrroes and Spinoza, to Marx. Recognizing this "Left Aristotelian" current ...
  • A Sesquicentennial of Capital: Marx, Mandel and Methodological Musings 

    Curtis, Bruce (University of Canterbury, 2017)
    This article is a celebration of the sesquicentennial of Capital, Volume I, and of the model that Marx proposed in it and elucidated in his posthumous publications, edited by Engels. The model: a labour theory of value ...
  • The Particularity of the Capitalist Universal 

    McGowan, Todd (University of Canterbury, 2017)
    The Monadology The capitalist epoch is the first in human history that permits subjects to view themselves as isolated entities with no inherent connection to their fellow beings. In the capitalist universe, there is no ...
  • Anachronism of the True. Reading Reading Capital 

    Romé, Natalia (University of Canterbury, 2017)
    This essay explores the vitality of an Althusserian reading of Capital by means of a reconsideration of the so-called “theoreticism”. In this sense, I propose to approach the Althusserian intervention in the terms of a ...
  • M – C – M’ and the End of the “Transformation Problem” 

    Moseley, Fred (University of Canterbury, 2017)
    The main reason for rejecting Marx’s theory over the last century has been the infamous “transformation problem”. The critics argue that in Marx’s theory of prices of production he “failed to transform the inputs” of ...
  • Capital, Gender and the Machine 

    Cassano, Graham (University of Canterbury, 2017)
    This essay provides a close reading of Capital, Volume I, Chapter 15: “Machinery and Large-Scale Industry.” Part one examines Marx’s theory of the capitalist machine. Under capitalist conditions of production, the machine ...
  • Fetishism and Revolution in the Critique of Political Economy: Critical Reflections on some Contemporary Readings of Marx’s Capital 

    Starosta, Guido (University of Canterbury, 2017)
    The aim of this article is to examine a series of recent contributions to the reading of Marx’s Capital that stress its specific determination as a dialectical investigation of objectified or fetishised forms of social ...
  • Organization and Political Invention 

    Circle of Studies of Idea and Ideology (CSII) (University of Canterbury, 2017)
    This year we celebrate150 years of Marx’s Das Kapital and 100 years of the October Revolution. This coincidence, however, only further highlights the utter incommensurability between these two events, between the theoretical ...
  • From Closed Need to Infinite Greed: Marx’s Drive Theory 

    Johnston, Adrian (University of Canterbury, 2017)
    Repeating Freudo-Marxism: Drives Between Historical Materialism and Psychoanalysis The title of my piece obviously makes reference to Alexandre Koyré’s 1957 book From the Closed World to the Infinite Universe. Therein, ...
  • The Question of Capitalist Desire: Deleuze and Guattari with Marx 

    Pfeifer, Geoff (University of Canterbury, 2017)
    This paper offers a reading of Marx with Deleuze and Guattari That highlights the importance of the latter’s reading of desire back into Marx’s work in such a way as to show the importance of thinking the role of capitalist ...
  • Re-situating Capital Vol. 1 beyond Althusser’s epistemological break: Towards second generation neo-Marxism 

    Neilson, David (University of Canterbury, 2017)
    Though opening up important debates about the relationship between the different texts that make up Marx’s life time works, Althusser’s ‘epistemological break’ thesis has also been divisive for Marxism and ultimately ...
  • Marx’s Transition to Money with no Intrinsic Value in Capital, Chapter 3 

    Campbell, Martha (University of Canterbury, 2017)
    In Chapter 3 of Capital, Volume 1, Marx provides the basis for money with no intrinsic value. Money has an expression of value, the commodity price list read backwards, because of its placement in the universal equivalent ...

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