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Political Philosophy and Public Purpose

The Social Ontology of Capitalism

Editors: Krier, Daniel, Worrell, Mark P. (Eds.)

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  • Offers a fundamental rethinking of the ontological foundations of the contemporary economic and political situation
  • Contains both abstract, metatheoretical chapters and empirical investigations of the contemporary debt crisis, Greece and the European Union, artistic representation, and risk-pooled subjectivity
  • Carries out a rich interdisciplinary inquiry drawing from philosophy, social sociology, political science, and cultural studies
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This book addresses core questions about the nature and structure of contemporary capitalism and the social dynamics and countervailing forces that shape modern life. From a robust and self-consciously sociological framework, it analyzes and interrogates such issues as the nature of the social, the power of the sacred, the nature of authority, the problem of representation, reification, alienation, utopia, and collective resistance. Historical materialism reveals that the scope of productive functions is broader than the crude realism of economism. Marx’s critical theory of the commodity and his analysis of the capitalist regime of accumulation remain as vital as ever and serve as a guiding light for the continued exploration of the philosophical underpinnings of critical inquiry and praxis.  

About the authors

Dan Krier is Associate Professor of Sociology at Iowa State University, USA. He is the author of Speculative Management:  Stock Market Power and Corporate Change (2005), NASCAR, Sturgis and the New Economy of Spectacle (with Bill Swart, 2016), the editor of Capitalism’s Future: Alienation, Emancipation and Critique (with Mark P. Worrell, 2016) and has published academic articles in the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Critical Sociology, and Fast Capitalism.
Mark P. Worrell, Associate Professor at SUNY Cortland, USA, has published widely in critical social theory journals including Telos, Rethinking Marxism, Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Fast Capitalism, Logos, and Critical Sociology, where he also serves as an Associate Editor. His books include Terror: Social, Political, and Economic Perspectives (2013), and the edited volume Capitalism’s Future: Alienation, Emancipation and Critique (with Dan Krier, 2016).

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • The Social Ontology of Capitalism: An Introduction

    Pages 1-11

    Krier, Daniel (et al.)

  • Social Ontology and Social Critique: Toward a New Paradigm for Critical Theory

    Pages 15-45

    Thompson, Michael J.

  • Critical Theory in the Twenty-First Century: The Logic of Capital Between Classical Social Theory, the Early Frankfurt School Critique of Political Economy and the Prospect of Artifice

    Pages 47-74

    Dahms, Harry F.

  • The Sacred and the Profane in the General Formula for Capital: The Octagonal Structure of the Commodity and Saving Marx’s Sociological Realism from Professional Marxology

    Pages 75-119

    Worrell, Mark P.

  • Social Form and the ‘Purely Social’: On the Kind of Sociality Involved in Value

    Pages 121-141

    Murray, Patrick (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Social Ontology of Capitalism
Editors
  • Daniel Krier
  • Mark P. Worrell
Series Title
Political Philosophy and Public Purpose
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59952-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59952-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95061-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95891-7
Series ISSN
2524-714X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 300
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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