2017-02Editorial
Economy within Culture: Introduction

Preview: A primary mark of classical and neo-classical theories of economy is their methodological abstraction of the fundamental forces of economy – namely, supply and demand – from the cultures in which they are embedded. The “market” of which economists speak, and wherein prices achieve equilibrium, is no marketplace: that is,…

2017-02Thematic Section
Understanding the Concept of Gift in Economics: Contributions from Other Social Sciences

Abstract: In putting forth a view of economic agents as autonomous individuals driven by self-interest, mainstream economics precludes the possibility of gift. Gift could be found in non-market, “collectivist”, societies, where “informal” norms would include gift-giving. In this context, the paper argues that mainstream views regarding the impossibility of the concept of…

2017-02Thematic Section
Marx’s Biggest Idea, or Six Features of Capital (On the 150th anniversary of the publication of the first volume of Das Kapital)

Abstract: 150th anniversary of Marx’s Das Kapital calls for yet another contemporary evaluation of Karl Marx’s legacy. The article argues that Marx’s most important and the longest standing contribution into social science is not „historical materialism” nor any particular form of “critical theory” – it is the concept of capital…

2017-02Thematic Section
Object-Oriented Ontology and Commodity Fetishism: Kant, Marx, Heidegger, and Things

Abstract: There have been several criticisms of Object-Oriented Ontology (OOO) from the political Left. Perhaps the most frequent one has been that OOO’s aspiration to speak of objects apart from all their relations runs afoul of Marx’s critique of “commodity fetishism.” The main purpose of this article is to show that even…

2017-02Thematic Section
The Value of Time: Its Commodification and a Reconceptualization

Abstract: The discourse about commodification of time indicates that under the current socio-economic regime important values get systematically ignored. This paper reviews literature about the value of time in classical political economy, neoclassical economics, the household production approach, household economics, and activity models. Starting with neoclassical economics, all these approaches…

2017-02Thematic Section
Growth and Well-Being, Economic and Human

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to trace how a perverted understanding of the human – of human nature, growth, and well-being – came to form the foundation for classical liberal economic thought and to identify some of the negative consequences of this development. My suggestion is that, in response to the social upheaval…

2017-02Forum
Death, Hegel, and Kojève

Abstract: Stemming from a reading of Hegel’s account of the struggle for recognition in the Phenomenology of Spirit, Kojève argued that death is the central notion of Hegel’s philosophy. I will discuss several themes in relation to this claim of Kojève’s interpretation of Hegel, namely the themes of freedom, individuality, and historicity. I will…

2017-02Forum
Science-Art: Neuronaturalism Beyond the Decentred Spectator

Abstract: Science-art collaborations are a growth area. An example is the Wellcome Collection exhibition “States of Mind”. I focus on one work yellowbluepink by Ann Veronica Janssens. As framed within the exhibition this piece is understood to present a model of spectatorship in which the art-encounter prompts an awareness of the  p o s s i b…

2017-02Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Refashioning the Spirit. Michael Inwood’s New Translation of Hegel’s Phenomenology

Preview: In March 2018 Oxford University Press will publish a new English translation of Hegel’s The Phenomenology of Spirit. It was translated anew, annotated and commented by Michael Inwood, a renowned authority in the field, author of Hegel (1983), Hegel’s Dictionary (1992) and A Commentary on Hegel’s Philosophy of Mind (2010). We thought this was…

2017-02Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
In Quest of Platonopolis: Excerpts from Research Visits to Philosophical Communities

Preview: In general, the idea of a completely contemplative life, of a studious leisure whose pleasantness would be still further enhanced by the pure pleasure of the spiritual friendship, exerted on all of Antiquity a fascination which seemed to only increase at the end of the Roman Empire. One hundred years after Plotinus, Augustine too,…