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Monday 21 November 2005

Steven Shaviro on Transcritique

If you have a wee while, do take the time out to read Steven Shaviro's detailed review articles on Kojin Karatani's Transcritique: On Kant and Marx (parts one and two):


Kojin Karatani’s Transcritique is the most useful and important book of philosophy/theory that I have read in some time [...] I mean useful and important to me; it might be too narrow and specialized in focus for people who don’t share my particular preoccupations. For years I have been struggling to find ways to articulate Marx together with Kant: and that is precisely what Karatani accomplishes here. Karatani’s rereading of Marx’s Capital for the twenty-first century is not as sweeping as that of Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri; nor does it have the vivacity and seductive wit of Zizek’s recent Marxist speculations. But perhaps it offers a more lucid account than either of what it really means to be encompassed on all sides, as we are today, by the flows of Capital, and by the supposed “rationality” of the Market.

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