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Contributor Archive: John Roberts

The Two Names of Communism

by / RP 177 (Jan/Feb 2013) / Article

Toujours avec l’espoir de rencontrer la mer, lis voyageaient sans pain, sans batons et sans urnes, Mordant au citron d’or de l’ideal amer. Stephane Mallarme, 18621

The recent explosion of writing on the communist idea, ideal and ‘communization’ recovers or expands a moment in the early to mid-1980s when French politi­cal theory and philosophy (in …


The ethics of conviction

Marxism, ontology and religion
by / RP 121 (Sep/Oct 2003) / Article


Art, politics and provincialism

by / RP 106 (Mar/Apr 2001) / Commentary


105 Reviews

by , , , , , and / RP 105 (Jan/Feb 2001) / Reviews

Adriana Cavarero, Relating Narratives: Storytelling and Selfhood Carolyn Steedman

Judith Butler, Ernesto Laclau and Slavoj Žižek, Contingency, Hegemony, Universality: Contemporary Dialogues on the Left John Roberts

Giorgio Agamben, Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive Victor Jeleniewski Seidler, Shadows of the Shoah: Jewish Identity and Belonging Esther Leslie

Rebecca L. Spang, The Invention of …


On autonomy and the avant-garde

by / RP 103 (Sep/Oct 2000) / Article

Surveying the current state of Anglophone art criticism, cultural theory and philosophical aesthetics, I am repeatedly struck by how disoriented or effervescently celebratory this writing is in the face of the art of the last thirty years. Indeed, the problem of how the last thirty years of art might be assessed and periodized after the …


Philosophizing the everyday

The philosophy of praxis and the fate of cultural studies
by / RP 098 (Nov/Dec 1999) / Article

The following presents a genealogy and critique of the concept of the ʻeverydayʼ, looking at the philosophical, political and cultural conflicts and contexts which radically transformed its contents after the Russian Revolution from a term synonymous with the ʻdailyʼ and ʻcontingentʼ to one identifiable with the vicissitudes of cultural and social transformation and democratization. It …