For a New Critique of Political Economy by Bernard Stiegler

For a New Critique of Political Economy

byBernard Stiegler

Hardcover | November 1, 2010

not yet rated|write a review

Pricing and Purchase Info

$71.95

Earn 360 plum® points

Out of stock online

Not available in stores

about

The catastrophic economic, social and political crisis of our time calls for a new and original critique of political economy - a rethinking of Marx's project in the very different conditions of twenty-first century capitalism.

Stiegler argues that today the proletarian must be reconceptualized as the economic agent whose knowledge and memory are confiscated by machines. This new sense of the term ‘proletarian' is best understood by reference to Plato's critique of exteriorized memory. By bringing together Plato and Marx, Stiegler can show how a generalized proletarianization now encompasses not only the muscular system, as Marx saw it, but also the nervous system of the so-called creative workers in the information industries. The proletarians of the former are deprived of their practical know-how, whereas the latter are shorn of their theoretical practice, and both suffer from a confiscation of the very possibility of a genuine art of living.

But the mechanisms at work in this new and accentuated form of proletarianization are the very mechanisms that may spur a reversal of the process. Such a reversal would imply a crucial distinction between one's life work, originating in otium (leisure devoted to the techniques of the self), and the job, consisting in a negotium (the negotiation and calculation, increasingly restricted to short-term expectations), leading to the necessity of a new conception of economic value.

This short text offers an excellent introduction to Stiegler's work while at the same time representing a political call to arms in the face of a deepening economic and social crisis.

About The Author

Bernard Stiegler is cultural development department director for the Centre Georges-Pompidou.
Automatic Society: The Future of Work
Automatic Society: The Future of Work

by Bernard Stiegler

$29.49$31.95

In stock online

Not available in stores

Acting Out
Acting Out

by Bernard Stiegler

$23.59$27.95

In stock online

Not available in stores

De la démocratie participative: Fondements et limites
De la démocratie participative: Fondements et limites

by Marc Crépon

$14.99

Available for download

Not available in stores

Shop this author

Details & Specs

Title:For a New Critique of Political EconomyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:100 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.74 inPublished:November 1, 2010Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0745648037

ISBN - 13:9780745648033

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of For a New Critique of Political Economy

Reviews