Posts Tagged ‘Marx’

The Economic Miracle


The essay begins with an analysis of Malthus’ Essay on the Principle of Population, in which one can retrace a physicalism of space: the want of room implies the failure of all politics of distribution that are not first concerned with a decrease in the birth rate. Following up on this, Aristotle’s principle of non-contradiction (that is, philosophy itself) is interpreted as an economic device that creates room where there is none—something like a space generator. Whereas in the traditional static interpretation of it the principle of non-contradiction does not leave the realm of distribution, in a dynamic interpretation it actualizes an addition (it generates space). On its turn, economy does not simply distribute the already existing space but rather generates added space. Economics is therefore a philosophical science.


Critique of Political Economy and Politics: between Althusser and Marx

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The essay investigates some distinctive features of the critique of political economy, and especially its relation with the realm of politics. To this purpose, reference is made to Althusser’s interpretation of Marx in Lire le Capital, with its strengths and limitations. The essay explores a complex mode of understanding the link between theory and praxis according to which it is not possible to deduce one term from the other.


The Dreams of Finance explained with the Dreams of Metaphysics


The recent economic crisis has called a strong attention to the problem of financial speculation and its disastrous consequences for real economy. But what is “speculation”? This word has its origin within the philosophical field: starting from this remark, this essay questions the relation between the philosophical and the economical concepts of speculation, trying to show their common “metaphysical” structure. Kant’s critique of speculation is then taken as guide for a philosophical critique of economic speculation and its financial Schwärmerei.


Work in the Richness of Humanity

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This essay focuses on the importance of human work in its partial meaning within an anthropological view that also includes action and contemplation. More precisely, one could say that an increasing risk in our society is that of falling into the alienation caused by work when it reduces human life to being an instrumental dimension of the productivistic mechanism. Conversely, only a just measure of work within human activities as a whole can guarantee the richness of work and its ethical dignity. The discussion of the theoretical issue is supported by a brief comparison of some major philosophers with respect to their evaluation of work. Leggi tutto »


Philosophy and the Denial of the Value of Labor

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Philosophy begins in the West, as we still tell ourselves today, with Thales. On the one hand, this is completely appropriate. If, as Aristotle argues, wisdom has some relation to the search for principles, then it must not be related to anything of immediate practical concern. In this light, Thales is the perfect beginning of the philosophical enterprise. The notion that “all things are from water,” is certainly a move away from the givenness of phenomena to their principle in something that is not immediately phenomenal. Leggi tutto »

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