Corporate capitalism is usually examined from a sociological or economic viewpoint, and this book breaks new ground in providing a thorough account of the mechanisms which define it from a philosophical perspective, revealing how these processes determine the way we live today.
Marxist and other left-oriented political philosophies had ideological roots that were based, sometimes incongruously, on particular economic and sociological readings of the capitalist process. Political philosophies associated with conservatism and neoliberalism have either been assimilated within capitalist discourses, or they have been designed to justify corporate capitalist processes.
This book re-examines these issues with an unusually dispassionate approach, providing a systematic view of contemporary corporate capitalism in all its complexity, without expecting the reader to have a specialist knowledge of sociology or economics. It clarifies the scope of political philosophy by reflecting on its own methodology and practice, and offers a controversial conclusion that within contemporary corporate capitalist modes of organisation there is actually no space left for political philosophy at all, as corporate capitalism systematically denies all political agents an ability to exercise their political will.
Suman Gupta is Professor and Chair in Literature and Cultural Studies at the Open University. He is the author of The Replication of Violence: Thoughts on International Terrorism After September 11th 2001 (Pluto, 2002), Corporate Capitalism and Political Philosophy (Pluto, 2001) and Marxism, History and Intellectuals: Toward a Reconceptualized Transformative Socialism (Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2000).
Part I: Philosophical Methods and Capitalist Processes: Means, Definitions, Intentions 1. The Evasiveness of Corporate Capitalism 2. The Political State 3. The Capitalist Corporation 4. The Contradictions of Capitalism 5. Intentional Systems 6. What Follows Part II: Reasons, Causes and Practices in Contemporary Corporate Capitalism 7. Classical Sociology and Managerialism 8. Management Discourses 9. The Macro-Issues Behind Executive Pay 10. Corporatism and the Corporate Capitalist State 11. Corporate Capitalist States and International Politics Part III: The Disabled Political Will and Anti-Political Philosophy 12. The Mechanics of Disablement 13. The Anti-Political Self-Defeat of Mannheim 14. Popper's Anti-Political Philosophical Tendencies 15. Hayek and the Mature Anti-Political Philosophy 16. Nozick's Anti-Political Philosophy 17. Fukuyama's Anti-Political Philosophy 18. The Need for Rational Utopian Thinking Notes Index