In, Against, and Beyond Capitalism: The San Francisco Lectures (KAIROS)

By: Holloway, John

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Brand New; satisfaction guaranteed. Trade paperback binding. In, Against, and Beyond Capitalism is based on three recent lectures delivered by John Holloway at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. The lectures focus on what anticapitalist revolution can mean today?after the historic failure of the idea that the conquest of state power was the key to radical change?and offer a brilliant and engaging introduction to the central themes of Holloway?s work.The lectures take as their central challenge the idea that ?We Are the Crisis of Capital and Proud of It.? This runs counter to many leftist assumptions that the capitalists are to blame for the crisis, or that crisis is simply the expression of the bankruptcy of the system. The only way to see crisis as the possible threshold to a better world is to understand the failure of capitalism as the face of the push of our creative force. This poses a theoretical challenge. The first lecture focuses on the meaning of ?We,? the second on the understanding of capital as a system of social cohesion that systematically frustrates our creative force, and the third on the proposal that we are the crisis of this system of cohesion.?His Marxism is premised on another form of logic, one that affirms movement, instability, and struggle. This is a movement of thought that affirms the richness of life, particularity (non-identity) and ?walking in the opposite direction?; walking, that is, away from exploitation, domination, and classification. Without contradictory thinking in, against, and beyond the capitalist society, capital once again becomes a reified object, a thing, and not a social relation that signifies transformation of a useful and creative activity (doing) into (abstract) labor. Only open dialectics, a right kind of thinking for the wrong kind of world, non-unitary thinking without guarantees, is able to assist us in our contradictory struggle for a world free of contradiction.? ?Andrej Grubacic, from his PrefacePraise:?Holloway?s work is infectiously optimistic.??Steven Poole, the Guardian (UK)?Holloway?s thesis is indeed important and worthy of notice??Richard J.F. Day, Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies


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An accessible venture into the thinking of John Holloway and his unique take on left radical theory
"In, Against, and Beyond Capitalism" is based on three recent lectures delivered by John Holloway at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. The lectures focus on what anticapitalist revolution can mean today after the historic failure of the idea that the conquest of state power was the key to radical change. The first lecture focuses on the meaning of We, the second on the understanding of capital as a system of social cohesion that systematically frustrates our creative force, and the third on the proposal that we are the crisis of this system of cohesion. In addition, it includes an introductory preface by Andrej Grubacic, the Q&A after each lecture, and a bibliographic essay by the author."

Title: In, Against, and Beyond Capitalism: The San Francisco Lectures (KAIROS)

Author Name: Holloway, John

Categories: Political Science & Political Philosophy,

Publisher: PM Press: 2016-04-01

ISBN Number: 1629631094

ISBN Number 13: 9781629631097

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Type: Paperback

Seller ID: SKU20154739