The Communist Hypothesis – Alain Badiou – Hardback – 9781844676002 – £12.99 – August 2010
Alain Badiou’s formulation of the “communist hypothesis” has traveled around the world since it was first aired in early 2008, in his book The Meaning of Sarkozy. The hypothesis is partly a demand to reconceptualize communism after the twin deaths of the Soviet Union and neoliberalism, but also a fresh demand for universal emancipation.
The Communist Postscript – Boris Groys – Hardback – 9781844674305 – £12.99 – 2010
Provocative essay on the relationship between communism, philosophy and language.
“Groys has claimed a defining role in the reception of the Russian avant-garde … The Communist Postscript presents Groys’s attempt to advocate the communist idea against its own historic assumptions.” — Radical Philosophy
The Meaning of Sarkozy – Alain Badiou – Hardback – 9781844673094 – £12.99 – 2008
A trenchant and witty dissection of the French political scene by the leading radical philosopher.
“Magnificently stirring (…) a characteristically lucid polemic from a philosopher who is far from willing to abandon humanity to the vicissitudes of so-called global capitalism.” — Mark Fisher, Frieze
“Enjoyably bilious.” — Steven Poole, Guardian
Polemics – Alain Badiou – Hardback – 9781844670895 – £17.99 – 2006
Polemics is a series of brilliant metapolitical reflections, demolishing established opinion and dominant propaganda, and reorienting our understanding of events from the Kosovo and Iraq wars to the Paris Commune and the Cultural Revolution.
“Badiou is by turns speculative, provocative—and droll.” Times Literary Supplement
Contributors Slavoj Žižek, Alain Badiou, Antoni Negri, Michael Hardt,Jacques Rancière, Terry Eagleton, Jean-Luc Nancy, Susan Buck-Morss, Bruno Bosteels, Peter Hallward, Alberto Toscano, Wang Hui and others took part in a landmark conference in London on the idea of communism in 2009. This volume brings together their discussions on the philosophical and political import of the communist idea, highlighting both its continuing significance and the need to reconfigure the concept within a world marked by havoc and crisis.
For more information on this event and the ‘Communist Hypothesis’ see here.
The Emancipated Spectator – Jacques Rancière – Hardback – 9781844673438 – £12.99 – 2010
The foremost philospher of art argues for a new politics of looking.
“Rancière’s work is to insist that artworks by their nature, present what is possible, rather than actual, in human subjectivity.” JJ Charlesworth, Art Review
Hatred of Democracy – Jaques Rancière – Paperback – 9781844673865 – £8.99 – 2009
A vehement defense of the principle of democracy against neoconservative repression.
“In our time of the disorientation of the left, Rancière’s writings offer on the few consistent conceptualizations of how are to continue to resist.” — Slavoj Zizek
The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, introduction by Eric Hobsbawm – Paperback – 9781859848982 – £8.00 – 1998
A modern edition on the 150th anniversary of the Manifesto.
“Every paragraph breaks over us like a wave that leaves us shaking from the impact and wet with thought. This prose evokes breathless momentum, plunging ahead without guides or maps, breaking all boundaries, precarious piling and layering of things, ideas and experiences.” Marshall Berman, The Nation
From Marxism to Post-Marxism? – Goran Therborn – Hardback – 9781844671885- £16.99 – 2009
In this succinct and panoramic work—both stimulating for the specialist and accessible to the general reader—one of the world’s leading social theorists, Göran Therborn, tackles the question of the trajectory of Marxism in the twentieth century and its legacy for radical thought in the twenty-first.This will become the essential appraisal of Marxism in the modern age.