Andre Gorz und die philosophische Voraussetzungen des Politischen

March 9th, 2014

The most complete version of the several Gorz articles in english (logos) or french (esprit); this post includes also the other articles solicited by André Hager and Harald Bluhm for the journal Berliner Debatte. Initial.

Read:  Gorz-Initial

La philosophie charnelle d’André Gorz

March 9th, 2014

Version française récrite et rédigée pour la revue Esprit par Alice Béjà, parue janvier 2014.  Voire versions anglaise (dans Logos) et version plus étouffé dans Berliner Debatte. Initial

Lire:  Esprit, janvier 2014, Gorz

“In Search of a New Left, Then and Now

January 27th, 2014

“In Search of a New Left, Then and Now” was published in Living with Class.  Philosophical Reflections on Identity and Material Culture, edited by Ron Scapp and Brian Seitz (New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp. 25-31.


In Search of a New Left, Then and Now

January 25th, 2014

“In Search of a New Left, Then and Now,” is a short autobiographical-philosophical essay published in a collective volume called Living with Class.  Philosophical Reflections on Identity and Material Culture, edited by Ron Scapp and Brian Seitz (Routledge, 2013), pp. 25-31).

The important parallels come from the attempts to renew a left gone static, whether it was that of the Old Left of communist-marxist vintage, or the attempt to draw implications from the Occupy … movements.  The collection tries to draw some lessons, or better– to reflect on:  the Occupy movements and the question whether the concept of “class” makes sense today.  Younger contributors offer newer views; but interesting is that the essay following mine is by Stanly Arownowitz, who contributed to the 1971 volume edited with Karl Klare, The Unknown Dimension, in which we tried to make inroads into received opinion, as does this volume.

André Gorz & the Philosophical Foundation of the Political

November 12th, 2013

I wrote first about André Gorz in the early 1970s, in an essay on the New Working Class that later became a chapter in The Marxian Legacy.  We continued to correspond over the years; and he dedicated a later essay to me.  This has led some analysts to ask me questions about Gorz; and it has led others to find some of our correspondence in his Archives at the IMEC in France (full copies of my part, and some missing letters of his are at my Archives at the library of Stony Brook University).

This essay returns to some of the problems that we discussed over the years (but it is not based on archival work, only memory and a rereading of his work).  Especially important is the early philosophical treatise, Fondements pour une morale, and also Le traître.   Perhaps most enlightening for me who knew him is the Lettre à D…,  which seems to me to put an entirely new spin on the thin skin of the early existentialist.

Read:  Gorz dans Logos

Forward to Breckman, “Adventures of the Symbolic. Post-Marxism and Radical Democracy”

June 5th, 2013

Series Editor forward to Warren Breckman, Adventures of the Symbolic.  Post-Marxism and Radical Democracy (Columbia University Press, “Political Thought/Political History”), pp. xi-xv.  Conveys the excitement of reading this path-breaking study, and draws on analogy in title to Merleau-Ponty’s “Adventures of the Dialectic,” the essay that defined “Western Marxism” while criticizing not only its Stalinist realization in the USSR but also its “existential” variant in Sartre’s “ultra-bolshevism”… a position not without echoes in Breckman’s last chapter which discusses among others Badiou and Zizek!

Forward to Breckman: Adventures of the Symbolic: Post-Marxism and Radical Democracy

Un parcours philosophique et politique franco-américain, via Castoriadis, Lefort et Gorz etc.

May 26th, 2013

Interview paru primitivement dans Platypus Review, reprise dans la revue du MAUSS avec une nouvelle préface.

Lire:  Un parcours philosophique



Politics and Anti-Politics

December 19th, 2012

Essay published in English in Critical Theory and Democracy.  Civil society, dictatorship, and constitutionalism in Andre Arato’s democratic theory, edited by Enrique Peruzzotti and Martín Plot (New York:  Routledge, 2012), pp. 29-40.

“These Petrified Relations Must be Forced to Danse”: An Interview with Dick Howard

October 4th, 2012

Historical-biographical interview covering both the political experience of the New Left, a participant in May 68, and the author of books including The Specter of Democracy, and The Primacy of the Political.  The interview begins with the publication of The Unknown Dimension:  European Marxism since Lenin (1972).  It concludes with reflections on contemporary politics, from the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street.

Read:  Those Petrified Relations Must be Forced to Danse: An Interview with Dick Howard

Previously Published

January 1st, 2009

“The Actuality of the History of Political Thought,” in Globale Rekonfigurationenvon Arbeit und Kommunikation, Boike Rehbein andKlaus-W. West, editors, (Konstanz, UVK Verlagsgesellschaft, 2009), pp. 241-254.

“The Anti-totalitarian Left Between Morality and Politics,” in The Modernist Imagination.  Intellectual History and Critical Theory, Warren Breckman et. al., eds. (New York: Berghan Books, 2009, pp. 331-345.

“The Use and Abuse of Democracy:  Paul Berman’s Generational Bildungsroman,” in Constellations, Vol 14, Nr. 2, 2007, pp. 445-453.

“Keeping the Republic:  Reading Arendt’s On Revolution After the Fall of the Wall,” in Demokratiya 9 (Summer 2007).

  • French translation as “Lire l’Essai sur la revolution de Hannah Arendt après la chute du Mur,” Raison publique, Nr. 7, 2007, pp. 445-453.
  • English version, motified, in Veritas (Brazil), Vol 53, Nr. 1, January 2008, pp. 29-44.

“No Political Thought Without History—No History Without Political Thought.  Communism, Modernity, and Democracy,” Foreword to Claude Lefort, Complications.  Communism and the Dilemmas of Democracy (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007).

  • Modified version published as “Introducing Claude Lefort:  From the Critiuque of Totalitarianism to the Politics of Democracy,” in Demokratiya (on line journal), Winter 2007.

“Castoriadis, Marx and Marxism,” Critical Horizons, Volume 7, Nr. 1, 2006, pp. 239-249.

“Marxist Misunderstandings:  Perry Anderson and French Politics,” in Demokratiya (on-line journal), June 2006.

“De l’idéalisme en politique.  Paul Berman et le destin de l’”internationale imaginaire de 1968,” in La république des idées, Nr. 13, juin 2006, pp. 37-52.

“La politique de la volonté comme antipolitique:  Réflexions sur la démocratie américaine,” in Raison publique, Nr. 4, mai 2006, pp. 57-60.

“Freedom and Politics in America and in the United States,” in Freiheit und kulturelle Differenzen, Thomas Meyer and Udo Vorhold, eds., (Bochum:  Projektverlag, 2006), pp. 31-41.

“Socialisme ou Barbarie,” The Twentieth Century Encyclopedia of French Thought, Lawrence Kritzman, editor (New York:  Columbia University Press, 2006, pp. 738-740.

“Claude Lefort,” ibid., pp. 578-81.

“Émile Durkheim,” ibid., pp. 515-518.

“The Necessity of Politics,” in The Danish Yearbook of Philosophy, Vol. 40, 2005, pp. 37-56.

“Aux origines de la pensée politique américaine,” in Veritas (Brazil), Vol 50, Nr 1, March 2005, pp. 100-125.

“La démocratie n’est pas une politique,” La revue du MAUSS (Special issue on Malaise dans la démocratie, le spectre du totalitarisme), Nr. 25, premier semester 2005, pp. 241-258.

“Bluhm und Strauss,” Leviathan, 32 Jahrgang, Heft 1, März, 2004, pp. 135-142.

Le paradoxal success politique d’un philosophe anti-politique,” Critique, Nr. 682, mars 2004,  pp. 181-190.

From Anti-Communism to Anti-Totalitarianism,” in Justica e Politica, edited by Nythamar Fernandes de Oliviera and Draiton Gonzaga de Souza (Porto Allegre, Brazil: Collecao Filosofia, 2003), pp. 225-255.

“La responsabilite de I’intellectuel critique in Argument.” Politique, Societe et Histoire, Vol. 5, Nr. 1, Automne-hiver 2002 pp.48-65.

“Introduktion Claude Lefort. Von der kritik des Totalitarismus zur Politik der Demokratie,” in Politik und Moderne, Debatte, Band IV, Heinrich Boell Stiftung, Bremen, 2002, pp. 1722.

“Philosophy by Other Means,” in Metaphilosophy, Vol. 32, Nr. 4, October 2001, pp. 462-501.

“Marx et la pensée critique,” in Veritas. Revista de filosophia (Brazil), Vol 46, Nr. 1, Março 2001, pp. 77-130.

“Political Theory, Critical Theory, and the Place of the Frankfurt School,” Critical Horizons, Vol. 1, Nr. 2, Fall, 2000, pp. 271-289.

“Marxism in the Post-Communist World,” in Critical Horizons, Vol 1, Nr. 1, February, 2000, pp. 71-92.

“Laudatio auf Claude Lefort,” in Festschrift zur Verleihung des Hannah-Arendt-Preises fuer politisches Denken (Bremen: 1999),pp. 31-38.

  • German translation in Kommune, August, 2000.

“Marx.  Philosopher Autrement,” in Histoire de la philosophie politique, dirigé par Alain Renaut, Vol IV (Paris: Calmann-Lévy, 1999), pp. 179-276.

“Demokratische Republik oder republikanische Demokratie.  Die Bedeutung der amerikanischen und der franzosichen Revolution nach 1989,” in Das Recht der Republik, ed by Hauke Brunkhorst und Peter Niesen (Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1999), pp. 169-190.

“Autonomy— The Legacy of the Enlightenment: A Dialogue with Castoriadis,” (with Diane Pacom), Thesis Eleven, Nr. 52, February 1998, pp. 83-101.

“Kant et la pensée de la démocratie moderne,” Dialoque (Serajevo), Nr. 5-6/1997, pp. 73-87.

“La démocratie comme théorie critique,” Les Temps Modernes, 52e année, No. 594, juin-juillet, 1997, pp. 162-170.

“Entre droit et justice: vers une politique du jugement,” in Qu’est-ce que la justice? Devant l’autel de l’histoire, Jacques Poulain, ed., (Paris: Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, 1996), pp. 225-237.

  • Serbo-croatian translation in Dialog (Serajevo), Nr. 2/1997, pp. 51-64.

“La politisation de la politique,” Carrefour, Revue de la société de philosophie de l’Outaouais, Vol. XVIII, Nr. 1, 1996, pp. 27/52.

“Demokratische Republik oder Republikanische Demokratie,” Jahresbericht der Heinrich Böll Stiftung, 1995/96, pp. 5-27.

“Law and Political Culture,” in Cordozo Law Review, Vol. 17, Nrs 4-5, March 1996, pp. 1391-1429.

“Just Democracy” in Constellations, Vol 2, No. 3, January 1996, pp. 333-353.

  • German translation, January 1997,  Berliner Debatte. Initial, as “Gerechtigkeit als Demokratie,” Vol 8, Nr. 1-2, 1997, pp. 225-237.

“Vers une politique du jugement,” in  La République et la terreur, Catherine Kintzler et Hadi Rizk, eds. (Paris: Editions Kimé, 1995), pp. 119-128.

“Zur Politik der Urteilskraft,” in Einschnitte: Hannah Arendts politisches Denken heute, hgg. von Antonia Grunenberg und Lothar Probst (Bremen: Edition Temmen, 1995), pp. 64-82.

“Zwischen Recht und Gerechtigkeit.  Politik der Urteilskraft versus Antipolitik,” in Die Gegenwart der Gerechtigkeit, hgg von Christoph Demmerling und Thomas Rentsch (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 1995,)  pp. 112-121.

“Une critique républicaine de la politique contemporaine ou: De la tentation anti-politique,” Société (Montréal), Nr. 14, hiver 1995, pp. 93-103.

“Über die Beziehung von politischer und aesthetischer Imagination”  Jahrbuch der Ernst-Bloch-Gesellschaft, 1992/3, pp. 123-148.

“La Révolution américaine et l’idéologie révolutionnaire,” in La démocratie à l’oeuvre.  Autour de Claude Lefort, Claude Habib et Claude Mouchard, eds., (Paris: Editions Esprit, 1993), pp. 229-241.

  • English translation with additional material as “The American Revolution and Revolutionary Ideology: Claude Lefort and the ‘Second Revolution,’” Thesis Eleven, Nr. 36, 1993, pp. 168-180.

“Revolution as the Foundation of Political Philosophy,” for Hegel Reconsidered.  Beyond Metaphysics and the Authoritarian State, H.T. Engelhardt, Jr. and Terry Pinkard, eds., (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1994), pp. 187-209.

“The Marxian Legacy and the Problem of Democracy,” in William Gay and Tatjana Alekseeva, eds. Russia and America in the 21st Century:  Perspectives of Russian and American Philosophers, (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 1994), pp. 177-197.

  • Reprint in The Left in Search of a Center, Peter Murphey and Michael Crozier, eds., (Urbana:  University of Illinois Press, 1996), pp. 162-178.
  • Portugese translation as “O Legado Marxiano e o Problema da Democracia,” in Trans/Form/Açao (Sao Paolo), Nr. 16, 1993, pp. 99-116.

“The Political Origins of Democracy,” in Hugh J. Silverman, ed., Writing the Politics of Difference (Albany:  State University of New York Press, 1991), pp. 253-63.

“Goldmann, Kant, and the Antinomies of Democratic Politics,” Philosophical Forum, Vol. XXIII, Nos. 1-2, Fall-Winter, 1991-2, pp. 84-103.

“Rediscovering the Left,” Praxis International, Vol. 10, Nos 3/4, October 1990-January 1991, pp. 193-204.

  • Portugese translation, “O Legado Marxiano E O Problema da Democracia” in Trans/Form/Açao, 16 (Sao Paulo), 1993, pp. 101-116.

“The Dialectic of the State and the Political,” Thesis Eleven, Nr. 26, 1990, pp.110-122.

“Jefferson:  La  Déclaration d’Indépendance,” in Dictionnaire des oeuvres politiques, 2nd edition, E. Pisier and O. Duhamel, eds. (Paris:  Presses Universitaires de France, 1989), pp. 476-482.  Second edition, 2000.

“Critical Theory and the Critique of Democracy,” Philosophy and Social Criticism, Vol. 15, Nr. 1, 1989, pp. 95-105.

  • Reprinted in Critical Theory and the Science of Management, Ph v. Engeldorp Gastelaars et. al, eds, (Rotterdam: Universitaire Pers, 1990), pp. 181-191.

“The Hermeneutic Dimension of Critical Theory,” Praxis International, Vol. 8, No. 4, January, 1989, pp. 476-490.

“French Rhetoric and Political Reality,” Philosophy and Social Criticism, Vol. 12, Nr. 4, October, 1987, pp. 329-349.

“Ethics and Politics,” Praxis International, Vol. VII, No. 3/4, October 1987-January 1988, pp. 360-368.

  • Partial French translation in Raison présente, Nr. 83, pp. 115-126.

“Enlightenment as Political,” in Welton and Silverman, eds., Critical and Dialectical Phenomenology, Albany:  SUNY Press, 1987, pp. 76-89.

  • Portugese translation as “Hermenutica e Teoria Critica.  Illuminismo como Politica” in Trans-Form-Açao, 17 (Sao Paulo), 1994, pp. 51-61

“The Possibilities of a post-Marxist Radicalism,” Thesis Eleven, Nr. 16, 1987, pp. 69-84.

“In the Wake of Kant:  A Conference Report,” in Telos, Nr. 67, Spring 1986, 218-220.

“Philosophy and/or Politics,” Center for Humanistic Studies, University of Minnesota, Occasional Paper No. 10, 1986, 31 pp.

“Hermeneutik und kritische Theorie,” in Die Frankfurter Schule und die Folgen (Berlin:  de Gruyter, 1986), pp. 167-178.

  • Serbo-Croatian translation.  “Hermeneutika:  kriticka teorija-Provecenost kao politicko,” Theoria, (Belgrade) 1-2/1985, pp. 45-54.
  • French translation, Raison Présente,Nr. 114, 2e trimestre, 1995, pp. 23-35.

“A Political Theory for Marxism,” New Political Science, Nr. 13, Winter, 1984, pp. 5-26.

“Kant’s System and (its) Politics,” Man and World, Summer, 1985, pp. 1-20.

“Od Marksa do Kanta,” (Trans, from an unpublished English lecture)  Theorie (Belgrade,) Nr. 4, 1984, pp. 93-106.

“Praxis before Politics?  The Problem of Sartre,” Thesis Eleven Nr. 10/11, 1984-85, pp. 189-197.

“The Return of the Political,” Thesis Eleven No. 8, 1984, pp. 77-91.

  • German translation, in Zeitschrift für Didaktik und Philosophie, Summer 1987.

“De Marx à Kant.  La république moderne,” in Les Temps Modernes, novembre, l983, pp. 965-989.

“The Origins of Revolution,” Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, Vol. 14, No. 1, January, 1983, pp. 3-16.

  • French translation, in Raison présente, Nr. 77, hiver, 1986, pp. 75-87.

“The Politics of Modernism:  From Marx to Kant,” Philosophy and Social Criticism, Vol. 8, No. 4, 1981, pp. 361-386.

“On the Transformation of Critique into Dialectic:  Marx’s Dilemma,” Dialectical Anthropology, Vol. 5, 1980, pp. 75-110.

“Kant’s Political Theory:  The Virtue of His Vices,” Review of Metaphysics, Vol. XXXIV, No. 2, December, 1980, pp. 325-350.

“Rousseau and the Origin of Revolution,” Philosophy and Social Criticism, Vol. 6, No. 4, 1979, pp. 349-370.

“Enlightened Despotism and Democracy,” Telos, No. 33, Fall, 1977, pp. 219-230.

“Marxisme et philosophie concrete.  Situation de Bloch,” in Utopie, Marxisme selon Ernst Bloch, G. Raulet, ed.  (Paris:  Payot, 1976), pp. 36-57.

“Ernst Bloch–Unserer Zeitgenosse,” in Ernst Blochs Wirkung.  Ein Arbeitsbuch zum 90.  Geburtstag, (Frankfurt/Main:  Suhrkamp Verlag, 1975), pp. 435-460.

“Introduction to Castoriadis,” Telos, No. 23, Spring, 1975, pp. 117-131.

“The Role of Ontology in Marxism” (published in Japanese translation), Gendai no Riron, January and June, 1974, pp. 72-85 and pp. 94-106.

“Introduction to Lefort,” Telos, No. 22, Winter, 1974-75, pp. 2-30.

“La théorie et la praxis de la théorie dialectique,” L’homme et la société, janvier-juin, 1974, No. 31-32, pp. 91-108.

“A Politics in Search of the Political,” Theory and Society, 1, 1974, pp. 271-306.

“Rereading Luxemburg,” Telos, No. 18, Winter, 1973-1974, pp. 89-106.

  • German translation, in Rosa Luxemburg oder die Bestimmung des Sozialismus, Claudio Pozzoli: ed.   (Frankfurt/Main:  Suhrkamp Verlag, 1974)pp. 94-126.
  • French translation, in Esprit, février 1976, pp.263-286.
  • Italian translation, in Annali della Fondazione Lelio e Lisli Basso, Vol. 2, (Milano:  Gabriele Mazzotta Editore, 1977), pp. 131-143.
  • Spanish translation, in Materiales, numero extraordinario, Nr. 3, Summer, 1978, pp. 131-158.

“Existentialism or Marxism?” in Toward a New Marxism, Paul Piccone and Bart Grahl, eds. St. Louis:  Telos Press, 1973, pp. 100-131.

“A Marxist Ontology?  On Sartre’s Critique de la raison dialectique,” Cultural Hermeneutics, Vol. 1, No. 3, 1973, pp. 251-284.

“Ambiguous Radicalism:  Merleau-Ponty’s Interrogation of Political Thought, in The Horizons of the Flesh:  Critical Perspectives on the Thought of Merleau-Ponty, Garth Gilian, ed. (Carbondale:  Southern Illinois University Press, 1973), pp. 143-160.

“On Marx’s Critical Theory,” Telos, No. 6, Winter, 1970, pp. 224-233.

“Fétichisme, aliénation et théorie critique,” L’Homme et la société, juillet-aôut-septembre, 1970, No. 17, pp. 97-110.

“On Deforming Marx:  The French Translation of the Grundrisse,” Science & Society, Vol. XXXIII, No. 3, Summer-Fall, 1969, pp. 358-365.

“Hallucination:  A Phenomenological Analysis,”  Review of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol. VI, No. 3, Fall, 1966, pp. 2ll-229.

“Phenomenology and/or Psychology,” Ibid., Vol. V, No. 3, Fall, 1965, pp. 239-265.