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Alienation; Cooperation; What Matters Most
Bernard E. Harcourt in conversation with Amna Akbar; new essay from Jensen Suther
The week ahead will be quite quiet, which is a relief after the busyness of the past weeks. I am off to Morocco on Tuesday for what will hopefully be a relaxing and, for the most part, slothful 10 days.
Our new book, What Matters Most: Conversation on the Art of Living, was published this week by Agenda. We are absolutely delighted with how it has turned out! Agenda have kindly offered readers of our newsletter the opportunity to buy the book at a 40% discount (see flyer below). You can find out more and buy the book here.
Your Sunday Read!
“The Post-History of Alienation” by Jensen Suther. Jensen is a remarkable young scholar known primarily for his work on Hegel. In this essay from our latest issue, he takes as his starting point the four forms of alienation Marx enumerates in his 1844 Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts and then imagines “four forms of post-modern eudaimonia” corresponding to these four forms of alienation. What, in short, might it be like to live in a society in which various forms of satisfaction/eudaimonia came to replace various forms of alienation? You can read Jensen’s essay here.
Earlier this week, we uploaded “Better Work”, an essay by Joshua Habgood-Coote that addresses the deskilling of the labour process and the degradation of work while asking what better work might look like. You can read Josh’s essay here.
Event: Monday at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK
Co-hosted with Boston Review.
“A Theory of Cooperation”: In this conversation with Amna Akbar, philosopher and legal scholar Bernard Harcourt will outline a political theory grounded on recognition of our interdependence, an economic theory that can ensure equitable distribution of wealth, and a social theory that replaces the punishment paradigm with a cooperation paradigm. By drawing on the core values of cooperation and the power of people working together, Harcourt will argue that a new world of cooperation democracy is within our grasp. Full details and registration here.
For those of you who missed Michael Hardt discussing “Deleuze and Guattari and A Thousand Plateaus” with Brad Evans on Tuesday, you can watch the recording here.
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Wishing you all a lovely Sunday, wherever you are.