Philosophy as capitalism and the socialist radically metaphysical response to it

Authors

  • Katerina Kolozova Institute in Social Sciences and Humanities - Skopje

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25180/lj.v19i2.94

Keywords:

François Laruelle, Karl Marx, capitalism, neoliberalism, state, non-philosophy

Abstract

The author starts from the thesis that there is no such thing as a "natural" or "apolitical" economy. The economy is always already political, as it is the economy’s material core of power, control, and its main mechanisms, i.e. exploitation and oppression. It is no less so in the era of neoliberalism, a time in which we witness the divorce between capitalism and democracy. In order to lay the foundations of a different economy, one that is not based on wage labor and the exploitation of human life and nature based on their auto-alienation, but rather on action in accordance with their resources, we need - according the author - to rethink the concept of the state in a non-philosophical and post-capitalist fashion, structurally different from the modern bourgeois state. If the structure originating in the bourgeois state, as conceived by modern humanism, is preserved, it will mean that the determination in the last instance is still the same. In order to arrive at a determination in the last instance of a non-exploitative, non-wage-labor-based social order where the determination is affected by the real, we must first arrive at the generic core of the notion of the modern state. As soon as we determine the generic term of "the state," we can radicalize it by letting it be determined by the effects of the real. The generic notion, isolated from the chôra of the transcendental material that is offered by modern philosophies originating in the Enlightenment, should be used as the minimal transcendental description for the determining effect (or "symptom") of the real.

 

Metrics

Metrics Loading ...

References

Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC). The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report: Final Report of the National Commission on the Causes of the Financial and Economic Crisis in the United Sta-tes. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Publishing Office, 2011.

Kolozova, Katerina. The Cut of the Real: Subjectivity in Poststructuralist Philosophy. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014.

Kolozova, Katerina. Towards a Radical Metaphysics of Socialism: Marx and Laruelle. Brroklin, New York: punctum books, 2015.

Marx, Karl. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, Vol. 3: The Process of Capitalist Production: Interest and Profit of Enterprise, ed. Frederick Engels. New York: International Publishers, 1894. Web. <http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1894-c3/ch23.htm>

Marx, Karl. Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts 1844. Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1959a. Web. <http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1844/manuscripts/wages.htm>.

Marx, Karl. "Third Manuscript: Private Property and Communism," in idem. Economic and Philoso-phical Manuscripts of 1844. Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1959b. Web. <https://www.marxists.org/ archive/marx/works/1844/manuscripts/comm.htm>.

Marx, Karl. "Feuerbach: Opposition of the Materialist and Idealist Outlooks," in idem. The German Ideology. Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1968. Web. <https://www.marxists.org/archive/ marx/works/1845/german-ideology/ch01.htm>.

Laruelle, François. Philosophie et non-philosophie. Liege: Pierre Mardaga, 1989.

Laruelle, François. Introduction au non-marxisme. Presses Universitaires de France: Paris, 2000.

Laruelle, François. From Decision to Heresy: Experiments in Non-Standard Thought. New York: Urbanomic x Sequence Press, 2012.

Rancière, Jacques. Hatred of Democracy. London: Verso, 2006.

Rancière, Jacques. "Time, Narrative, and Politics," Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, 11.1 (2014): 7-18.

Sohn-Rethel, Alfred. Intellectual and Manual Labor: Critique of Epistemology. London: Macmillan, 1978.

Williams, Alex and Nick Srnicek. "#Accelerate: Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics," Critical Legal Thinking, May 14, 2013. Web. <http://criticallegalthinking.com/2013/05/14/accelerate-manifesto-for-an-accelerationist-politics >.

Downloads

Published

28.12.2017

How to Cite

Kolozova, K. (2017). Philosophy as capitalism and the socialist radically metaphysical response to it. Labyrinth, 19(2), 57–71. https://doi.org/10.25180/lj.v19i2.94