Citizenship and the Art of Thinking: A Marxian-Aristotelian Linguistic Account Kathryn Dean

ISBN: 9781135230456

Published: March 26th 2014

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256 pages


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Citizenship and the Art of Thinking: A Marxian-Aristotelian Linguistic Account  by  Kathryn Dean

Citizenship and the Art of Thinking: A Marxian-Aristotelian Linguistic Account by Kathryn Dean
March 26th 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 256 pages | ISBN: 9781135230456 | 4.54 Mb

Capitalism, Citizenship and the Arts of Thinking proposes a historical materialist ethic of human flourishing understood in terms of the practice of citizenship. It focuses on the ways in which capitalisms necessary mode of thinking - analyticalMoreCapitalism, Citizenship and the Arts of Thinking proposes a historical materialist ethic of human flourishing understood in terms of the practice of citizenship.

It focuses on the ways in which capitalisms necessary mode of thinking - analytical thinking - impedes the nurturing of capabilities for citizenship as understood from a Marxian-Aristotelian point of view. It includes a systematic discussion of the Aristotelian resonances in Marxs critique of capitalism, as well as an elaboration and critique of Alfred Sohn-Rethels account of the origins of analytical thinking in his book Intellectual and Manual Labor: A Critique of Epistemology.Deans critique of this book draws on the language theories of Lev Vygotsky, Alexander Luria, Jack Goody, Eric Havelock and Walter Ong, so as to identify the origins of analytical thinking in literacy rather than in monetised exchange relations, as claimed by Sohn-Rethel.

Having traced the development of analytical thinking so as to bring out the ways in which this thinking was a condition of possibility for the division of head and hand in nineteenth-century England, Dean brings the analysis into the contemporary world by examining the changes effected by digitalised communication in terms citizenship capabilities now, drawing on the work of Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri in order to do so.The books ground-breaking content is in the fusion of Marxian, Aristotelian and linguistic elements to develop a critique of capitalisms hegemonic mode of thinking (analytical thinking) as manifested in the modern sciences and to show how the draining of intelligibility from the everyday world permitted by this thinking becomes an obstacle to the practice of meaningful citizenship.Its main appeal will be to Marxist thinkers whose main concern is with the alienating, as opposed to exploitative, character of capitalist modes of life.

It is written to complement the work of such Marxists, these being, in the main, writers such as Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri and is pitched at researchers in the field. It could be used on post-graduate courses in political theory, as well as social and cultural theory.



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