Against the background of growing uncertainty about the future development of capitalism, and in the face of war, terror and poverty, this book asks: What do we have to know to prevent misery? What can we do to achieve conditions of human dignity? And what must we hope for? The volume argues that all social life is essentially practical and explores the central most important value of human dignity. It discusses practical consequences in relation to the theory of revolution and contemporary anti-globalization struggles. Targeted towards advanced undergraduate courses and taught post-graduate courses in the field of politics, sociology, political philosophy and new social movement studies, it should also be welcomed in the study of critical theory, Marxism, labour studies and revolutionary thought.
Werner Bonefeld is based at the University of York, UK. Kosmas Psychopedis was formerly a Professor at the University of Athens, Greece.
Contents: Human dignity: social autonomy and the critique of capitalism, Werner Bonefeld and Kosmas Psychopedis. Critique of Capitalism and the Question of Revolution: Some aspects of Marx's concept of critique in the context of his economic-philosophical theory, Hans-Georg Backhaus; Social reality as appearance: some notes to Marx's conception of reality, Helmut Reichelt; Social critique and the logic of revolution: from Kant to Marx and from Marx to us, Kosmas Psychopedis. Social Autonomy: Time, Experiences and Means: Beyond the muck of ages, Michael A. Lebowitz; The untimely timeliness of Rosa Luxemburg, Joseph Fracchia; Time of reification and time of insubordination. Some notes, Sergio Tischler. Human Dignity; Anti-Capitalism and Perverted Forms of Resistance: Nationalism and anti-Semitism in anti-globalization perspective, Werner Bonefeld; Stop making Capitalism, John Holloway; Index.