By Charles Masquelier

This quantity within the Critical concept and modern Society sequence examines the position serious thought performs in today’s political, social, and monetary crises, exhibiting the way it might help to either diagnose and treatment such problems.

Critical social conception is first revisited by way of exposing the affinity among Marx’s critique of political economic system, the critique of instrumental cause elaborated through the 1st iteration of the Frankfurt college, and the libertarian socialism of G.D.H. Cole. this is often via an offer for an intensive reorganization of monetary and political lifestyles 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 circumstances of up to date sorts of resistance, reminiscent of the Occupy circulate and alter-globalisation.

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

“Fluent and assuredly written, this an expert and important ebook hyperlinks different theoretical traditions. It’s unique and coherent, correct and targeted, with labour and emancipation at its center. hugely advised to all attracted to social and political thought, modern capitalism and change.” — Luke Martell, Professor of Political Sociology, college of Sussex, UK

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

“Charles Masquelier’s ebook is a well timed reminder that the wealthy, if frequently marginalized, heritage of left libertarianism nonetheless has a lot to provide modern readers. This venture skillfully breaths clean existence into the democratic socialist and demanding concept traditions. Marx’s early writings, the main severe idea thinkers and the English theorist of democratic and participatory socialism, G.D.H. Cole, are all subjected to sharp serious research. yet this publication does greater than elucidate an array of complicated literature. Charles Masquelier sketches the contours of a possible replacement to the present international dominance of neo-liberalism. the result's a worthy contribution to an more and more growing to be physique of up to date libertarian literature. This booklet would definitely be of significant curiosity to all these upset with present politico-economic conditions.” — Chris Wyatt, Senior Lecturer in Politics and Sociology, college of utilized Social technology, collage of Brighton, UK

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17 A tension nevertheless arises when one observes that not one but two approaches to the relationship between humanity and external nature can in fact be found in his works. Indeed, how can he safely defend the view that, on the one hand, the emancipation of humanity from the fetters of nature depends on the subjugation of the latter by the former whilst, on the other hand, arguing that human and natural sense-experience are identical? Before reflecting on the possible ways this apparent contradiction could be resolved, one must first investigate a last key precondition for the actualization of human emancipation, namely the realization of individuals’ communal essence.

Towards the reconciliation of humanity and nature 37 From identity to the non-identical Whilst most of Adorno’s critique of Kant’s philosophy was founded upon the latter’s apparently problematic distinction between the spontaneity of concepts and the receptivity of intuitions, and the asymmetrical relation resulting therefrom, Robert Pippin questioned Kant’s success in maintaining such a distinction, thereby paving the way for a re-assessment of the subject–object relation suggested by the idealist philosopher.

Feuerbach wants sensuous objects really distinct from the thought objects, but he does not conceive human activity itself as objective activity. (Marx 2000d, 171) Referring to an essence comprising both cognitive and sensuous faculties, the term ‘human’ echoes the all-encompassing approach to emancipation discussed so far. The key message Marx intends to convey in this passage, however, takes the form of a clarification of his conception of sensuousness, thought to encompass both internal and external nature.

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