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Harry Harootunian, Marx After Marx: History and Time in the Expansion of Capitalism

Peter Osborne

Jonna Bornemark and Nicholas Smith, eds, Phenomenology of Pregnancy

Victoria Browne

Anita Chari, A Political Economy of the Senses: Neoliberalism, Reification, Critique

Timothy Bewes

Nathan Coombs, History and Event: From Marxism …

Marx after Marx after Marx after Marx

by / RP 200 (Nov/Dec 2016) / Review

Harry Harootunian, Marx After Marx: History and Time in the Expansion of Capitalism, Columbia University Press, New York, 2015. xiv + 292 pp., £20.67 hb., 978 0 231 17480 0.

The study of Marx in the anglophone academy – established during the boom years of sociological theory in the 1970s, when sociology was de facto …

Political physics

by / RP 200 (Nov/Dec 2016) / Editorial

Intellectual journals have their moments; if they’re lucky more than one. But to sustain themselves over decades, they have to change (or become part of an establishment), and change more than once.

With this issue, Radical Philosophy marks forty-five years as a collectively edited, self-published and still largely self-produced print journal. It is still …


by / RP 196 (Mar/Apr 2016) / Dossier, Romantic Transdisciplinarity 1


Of all the genealogical sources of contemporary critical theory, in both its German- and French-inspired variants, early German Romanticism remains the most potent, yet it is also the least explicated in relation to current theoretical trends. [*] The sources of modern criticism in Jena Romanticism are widely acknowledged, yet when theory parades as …

Futures present

Lite, dark and missing
by / RP 191 (May/Jun 2015) / Article, Future Stasis

‘The law of the innermost form of the essay is heresy’, Adorno wrote in a sentence used here as the motto for Verso’s new ‘Futures’ series, from which these three books by Augé, Berardi and Virno form the bulk of the first batch. [*] But what becomes of the essay when …

Realism and moral being

Andrew Collier, 1944–2014
by and / RP 187 (Sept/Oct 2014) / Obituary

Andrew Collier, who died on 3 July after more than a decade living with cancer, was a member of the Radical Philosophy editorial collective during the 1990s and a longstanding contributor to the journal. Born in Edmonton, North London, towards the end of World War II, he attended Bedford College, University of London (later …

The postconceptual condition

Or, the cultural logic of high capitalism today

by / RP 184 (Mar/Apr 2014) / Article

Those with long enough memories will no doubt recognize the crossed syntax of my title. It mimics, first, that of a text which, while in historical terms still recent, is nonetheless already antiquated, even if not yet sufficiently so to have acquired the ‘revolutionary energies’ that André Breton and, after him, Walter Benjamin sought in …

More than everything

Žižek's Badiouian Hegel
by / RP 177 (Jan/Feb 2013) / Article

There are philosophical books, minor classics even, which are widely known and referred to, although no one has actually read them page by page… a nice example of interpassivity, where some figure of the Other is supposed to do the reading for us. Slavoj Žižek1

Allow me to be that figure (for now anyway), …

Disguised as a dog

Cynical Occupy?
by / RP 174 (Jul/Aug 2012) / Article

I take my title and my philosophical cue from a passage in Marx’s 1839 ‘Notebooks on Epicurean Philosophy’. I take my artistic cue from the early work of Valie Export. The passage from Marx reads as follows:

As in the history of philosophy there are nodal points which raise philosophy in …

David Macey, 1949-2011

Biographer of the French intellectual Left
by and / RP 171 (Jan/Feb 2012) / Obituary

David Macey died from complications of lung cancer on 7 October. He embodied the paradox of being a fine public intellectual while remaining an intenselyprivate person. He was one of the best intellectual historians of his generation and added appreciably to scholarly knowledge, yet did his most significant work as a freelance writer …

From structure to rhizome: transdisciplinarity in French thought

Introduction to the dossier 'From structure to rhizome: transdisciplinarity in French thought' (RP 165/167)
by / RP 165 (Jan/Feb 2011) / Article, Dossier, From structure to rhizome: transdisciplinarity in French thought

The concept of transdisciplinarity is not part of the explicit discourse or self-consciousness of ‘French thought’. Rather, it is used here, imported from the outside as a kind of operator or problematizing device, to begin a process of rethinking one of that body of thought’s most distinctive but infrequently remarked upon characteristics – its tendency …

A sudden topicality

Marx, Nietzsche and the politics of crisis
by / RP 160 (Mar/Apr 2010) / Article

Marx, Nietzsche and the politics of crisis

Undoing the aesthetic image

Dossier: Undoing the Aesthetic Image (introduction)
by / RP 156 (Jul/Aug 2009) / Dossier, Undoing the Aesthetic Image

One hundred and fifty, not out

by / RP 150 (Jul/Aug 2008) / Editorial

Jeff Wall

Art after photography, after conceptual art

by and / RP 150 (Jul/Aug 2008) / Interview

A very different context

Dossier: Art and Immaterial Labour (with an introduction by Peter Osborne)

by / RP 149 (May/Jun 2008) / Art and Immaterial Labour, Article, Dossier

Marx and the philosophy of time

by / RP 147 (Jan/Feb 2008) / Article


Dossier: documenta 12 magazines project (introduction)
by / RP 146 (Nov/Dec 2007) / documenta 12 magazines project, Dossier


Alain Badiou’s Being and Event
by / RP 142 (Mar/Apr 2007) / Article

What is to be done? (education)

Dossier: documenta 12 magazines project (introduction)

by / RP 141 (Jan/Feb 2007) / documenta 12 magazines project, Dossier