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This quantity within the Critical thought and modern Society sequence examines the function severe thought performs in today’s political, social, and financial crises, displaying the way it can assist to either diagnose and treatment such problems.

Critical social thought is first revisited through exposing the affinity among Marx’s critique of political economic climate, the critique of instrumental cause elaborated by means of the 1st new release of the Frankfurt university, and the libertarian socialism of G.D.H. Cole. this is often by way of an offer for a thorough reorganization of monetary and political existence and the corresponding improvement of emancipatory practices presupposing the reconciliation of humanity and nature. finally, the modern relevance of those associations and practices are mentioned, besides situations of up to date kinds of resistance, akin to the Occupy stream and alter-globalisation.

By bringing jointly the troubles of serious concept and libertarian socialism, this quantity not just illustrates the sensible part of serious idea, but additionally highlights its modern relevance. Researchers in political idea, social conception and political philosophy will locate this an attractive paintings that might stimulate debates approximately new possible choices to present problems.

“Fluent and skillfully written, this an expert and demanding publication hyperlinks assorted theoretical traditions. It’s unique and coherent, proper and targeted, with labour and emancipation at its middle. hugely steered to all drawn to social and political idea, modern capitalism and change.” — Luke Martell, Professor of Political Sociology, collage of Sussex, UK

“This very colossal ebook is a daring and difficult try and hint affinities and complementarities among Marx, serious idea and associational or libertarian socialism. it's a significant contribution to the literature.” — William Outhwaite, Professor of Sociology, Newcastle University

“Charles Masquelier’s e-book is a well timed reminder that the wealthy, if usually marginalized, background of left libertarianism nonetheless has a lot to supply modern readers. This undertaking skillfully breaths clean existence into the democratic socialist and demanding idea traditions. Marx’s early writings, the main serious thought thinkers and the English theorist of democratic and participatory socialism, G.D.H. Cole, are all subjected to sharp severe research. yet this booklet does greater than elucidate an array of advanced literature. Charles Masquelier sketches the contours of a possible substitute to the present international dominance of neo-liberalism. the result's a important contribution to an more and more becoming physique of up to date libertarian literature. This e-book would certainly be of significant curiosity to all these disillusioned with present politico-economic conditions.” — Chris Wyatt, Senior Lecturer in Politics and Sociology, university of utilized Social technology, collage of Brighton, UK

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2 Consequently, reason turns not only into a means for mere survival – as opposed to emancipation – but also into an instrument for the mastery of nature – as opposed to a mere understanding of its forces. In Kant’s work, one therefore finds a form of reason mediating the domination of nature by humanity. That reason should assert its authority in its dealings with nature is in fact echoed in the following passage by Kant: Reason must approach nature with the view, indeed, of receiving information from it, not, however, in the character of a pupil, who listens to all that his master chooses to tell him, but in that of a judge, who compels the witnesses to reply to those questions which he himself thinks fit to propose.

The Kant of the ‘second-edition Transcendental Deduction’,11 he argued, does not appear to suggest that concepts impose themselves upon the world of objects from the outside, having to bring, and ultimately subsume, intuitions under their rule, but are instead already present in the sensory uptake of this same world: [T]hought is not merely presented with and then applied to[,] and restricted by, a thoroughly non-conceptual sensory manifold. The manifold is already conceptually articulated; concepts are engaged in our ‘sensory uptake’ of the world, and the separation claim and the strategy it grounds and the mind-world picture it assumes must now all be qualified, even re-thought.

More concretely, the mass production of standardized goods under the heavily regimented Fordist workplace, their consumption by individuals subjected to advertising and marketing 36 CRITICAL THEORY AND LIBERTARIAN SOCIALISM campaigns designed by ‘commercial agencies’ and the involvement of the bureaucratic state in material reproduction, all contribute to the maintenance and expansion of the regime of capital accumulation, whilst providing very little scope, if any, for free and authentic self-expression.

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