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Idealism and infinity in Fichte’s Jena system

Johann Gottlieb Fichte was one of the key German Idealist philosophers and an important intermediary between Kant and Hegel. Yet his philosophical system has always been at the centre of fierce debate.

7 March 2013

Marx, Hegel and the dialectic

The configuration of dialectics and materialism in Marx is intimately connected with his revolutionary practice. If you want to do justice to that tradition, you have to grapple with that intellectual history and those ideas. That’s one reason why the dialectic is still a live issue today.

30 January 2013

Breivik: What is fascism?

My contribution to the ebook On Utøya edited Elizabeth Humphrys, Guy Rundle and Tad Tietze. “Breivik was typically presented as lone madman whose inner working could not be rationally fathomed. To ascribe political motives to his acts disrespected the dead.”

28 August 2012

Praxis makes perfect

March 2006 issue of Socialist Review review of Alex Callinicos’s The Resources Of Critique, Slavoj Zizek’s The Parallax View, and Alain Badiou’s two major works, Being and Event and Logics of Worlds.

9 February 2012

Review of Badiou’s The Meaning of Sarkozy

A review of Alain Badiou’s book The Meaning of Sarkozy, first published in the March 2009 issue of Socialist Review. “Badiou is insightful and funny, especially when he gleefully castigates France’s corrupt political elites and idiotic business classes.”

9 February 2012

Banning the EDL is ineffective, counter-productive and demobilising

Our urgent task is to create an anti-fascist, anti-racist mass movement that can head off the EDL/BNP while feeding into and strengthening wider working class struggles. We must defeat dismal calls for demobilisation.

31 August 2011

The one and the multiple in Badiou’s ontology

Badiou is one of the few contemporary philosophers to declare that systematic ontology is both possible and necessary, and his major work Being & Event is devoted to laying out just such a systematic ontology.

25 May 2011