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DepositAnarchism as metaphilosophy

Philosophy once started as the critical reflection on relatively ordinary human concerns. Increasing specialization has moved the discipline farther and farther away from these concerns, however, undermining its relevance outside the academy, but has also resulting in an ever increasing fragmentation. This fragmentation has further divided the field into a large number of esoteric communities that hardly understand each other. “Further divided”, because philosophy was already divided into schools and traditions that seem to speak mutually unintelligible languages. In addition to these problems for philosophy as a discipline or “cultural genre” (Rorty), this situation also creates a problem for individual philosophers who are driven primarily by the “big” and ordinary concerns that once founded the field, but that do not fit well in contemporary academic philosophy. In this essay, I suggest – but ultimately do not fully endorse – metaphilosophical anarchism as a possible solution to these problems. Metaphilosophical anarchism requires transparency and rejects opacity, but so do all other approaches to philosophy – at least officially – and if that is right, then anarchism has nothing new or different to offer.

DepositAnthropodicy: An Anarchism of Things

Bruno Latour’s seminal work We Have Never Been Modern urges us to consider what he calls “a parliament of things.” This notion of a “parliament of things” offers a new opportunity for the study of philosophy and anarchism. It is a start, but lacks a certain bravery and sense of adventure. In never being modern, we don’t find ourselves in the midst of a parliament of things, but an anarchy of things: a radical flatness of objects in which we must rethink property, politics and ecology. Additionally, Graham Harman’s “Object Oriented Philosophy” demonstrates and cultivates Latour’s work into a new type of ontological anarchism, not of humans, but of things. This project seeks to connect up the metaphysics of Latour and Harman with anarchism.

DepositAuf neuen Wegen des Aufstands? Zum Anarchismus in der zeitgenössischen Geographie – eine Sammelrezension

In dieser Sammelrezension wird die Sammelband-Trilogie ‘Anarchism, Geography and The Spirit of Revolt’ besprochen und deren Beitrag zur ‘Radical Geography’ diskutiert. Dabei werden insbesondere jene Tendenzen der Trilogie kritisiert, die darauf abzielen anarchistische Ansätze in der Geographie als hegemoniales Projekt zu positionieren. Ist ein solches Unterfangen wirklich ein neuer Spirit of Revolt? Es ist höchst fraglich, ob und wie eine anarchistische Haltung an der Universität im Allgemeinen und der Geographie im Speziellen konsequent vertreten werden kann. Rezensierte Bände: 1. Simon Springer/Marcelo Lopes de Souza/Richard J. White (Hg.): The Radicalization of Pedagogy. Anarchism, Geography and The Spirit of Revolt. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. / 2. Marcelo Lopes de Souza/Richard J. White/Simon Springer (Hg.): Theories of Resistance. Anarchism, Geography and The Spirit of Revolt. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. / 3. Richard J. White/Simon Springer/Marcelo Lopes de Souza (Hg.): The Practice of Freedom. Anarchism, Geography and The Spirit of Revolt. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.

DepositAuf neuen Wegen des Aufstands? Zum Anarchismus in der zeitgenössischen Geographie – eine Sammelrezension

Es wird hier die ‘Anarchism, Geography and The Spirit of Revolt’ Triologie besprochen und deren Beitrag zur Anarchistischen Geographie diskutiert. Dabei werden vor allem die Tendenzen kritisiert, die dazu beitragen anarchistische Ansätze in der Geographie als hegemoniales Projekt zu positionieren. Ist ein solches Unterfangen wirklich ein neuer Spirit of Revolt? Ob und wie eine anarchistische Haltung an der Universität im Allgemeinen und der Geographie im Speziellen konsequent vertreten werden kann, bleibt mehr als fraglich. rezensierte Bände: 1. Simon Springer/Marcelo Lopes de Souza/Richard J. White (Hg.): The Radicalization of Pedagogy. Anarchism, Geography and The Spirit of Revolt. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. 2. Marcelo Lopes de Souza/Richard J. White/Simon Springer (Hg.): Theories of Resistance. Anarchism, Geography and The Spirit of Revolt. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. 3. Richard J. White/Simon Springer/Marcelo Lopes de Souza (Hg.): The Practice of Freedom. Anarchism, Geography and The Spirit of Revolt. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.

DepositWorker Cooperatives and Revolution: History and Possibilities in the United States

Focusing on the new worker cooperative movement in the West, this study not only contains the first systematic discussion of the solidarity economy in the light of Marxist theory; it also introduces a major revision of Marxism that both updates it for the twenty-first century and illuminates our historical moment. It includes an analysis of the history of cooperatives in the U.S., showing where they went wrong and how we can correct their past mistakes. It has a case-study of the successful new worker-owned business New Era Windows in Chicago, which has been celebrated internationally for its defiance of conventional paradigms. And it shows a way out of the age-old conflict between Marxism and anarchism, arguing that both are more relevant now than they have ever been. Which is to say: a gradualist “revolution” is, for the first time, within the realm of possibility.

MemberTaylor R. Genovese

Taylor R. Genovese draws on his background in sociocultural anthropology and political theory as a doctoral student in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology (HSD) program at Arizona State University, where he is pursuing his interest in the social imaginaries of human futures on Earth and in outer space. He is doing so by pulling from the intellectual and applied traditions of abolition democracy, new materialisms, critical secular studies, relational ethics, performance studies, multimodality, Marxism, and anarchism. His dissertation work focuses on producing a genealogy of futurist discourse surrounding human immortality and space travel. He is tracing the legacy of these ideas from the Proletkult movement as well as from the Russian Cosmists, a loose-knit esoteric political-spiritual-artistic group operating in the decades surrounding the Russian Revolution. He is interested in the ways in which utopian ideas rooted in human solidarity get transmuted into the egocentric dreams of the wealthy through declensionist narratives.

DepositCommune Democracy and the Associative Public

The argument of this book attempts to show the relevance of Marx’s work to the attempt to create a new politics of citizenship. This argues that Marx is engaged above all in an attempt to formulate a new politics – specifically, a communist politics based upon the reintegration of political and social relationships, the overcoming of the state and civil society dualism and the dissolution of both spheres. This means defining democratisation as a repoliticisation, implying the extension of public spaces through a decentralisation resulting from the relocation of power from the abstracted political realm to the social realm. The concept of on active citizenship rooted in society is distinguished from the abstract citizenship conceded by the state, reading Marx in opposition to centralised, bureaucratised elitist state politics. Public life – libertarian communalism – social power and the state – conscious control – free association – commune democracy – the lost traditions of anarchism and marxism – postmarxism – democratisation – radical democracy – democracy as method – Norberto Bobbio, democracy and socialism – the social public.

MemberJames Gifford

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Gifford, James. Personal Modernisms: Anarchist Networks and the Later Avant-Gardes. Edmonton, AB: U of Alberta P, 2014.

———. A Modernist Fantasy: Anarchism, Modernism, & the Radical Fantastic. Victoria, BC: ELS Editions, 2018.

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Gifford, James, James M. Clawson, & Fiona Tomkinson. Eds. Archives & Netwo…

I am Professor of English in the School of the Humanities and Director of the University Core at Fairleigh Dickinson University – Vancouver Campus. In Fall 2017, I was Visiting Professor at l’Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès, and for the Fall of 2011, I was Visiting Professor of English in the graduate program at Simon Fraser University. For 2006–2008, I was an Assistant Professor (limited term) and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Victoria. I pursue studies in Music and performance as well. Beginning, July 1st, 2017, I am Director of FDU Press, the editorial offices for which relocated to FDU’s Vancouver campus. My research interests include Transatlantic Modernism (British, American, Irish, and Canadian), colonialism and decolonization, prose and poetry, media studies, cultural studies, genetic criticism, anarchism, radical political thought, and opera. I have particular interests in Lawrence Durrell, Henry Miller, Elizabeth Smart, T.S. Eliot, Ursula K. Le Guin, Aidan Higgins, and related authors.