Sunday April 20th, 2014

Philosophy

Monuments and Main Streets

Monuments and Main Streets

Messages from Architecture

This is a highly original volume of architectural essays. On a base drawing of the art and craft of modern architecture, Harris Stone superimposes various tracings of streets, buildings, and the people who use them. He takes up the compelling issues in modern architecture as a movement, including the relationships of industrial technology to the tradition of handcrafted work, the design to the construction process, and monumental buildings to the architectural vernacular. Throughout he focuses on the dialectic between forward-thrusting and backward-leaning tendencies within the modern movement. … | more |

Powers of Desire

Powers of Desire

The Politics of Sexuality

This provocative anthology brings together a diverse group of well-known feminist and gay writers, historians, and activists. They are concerned not only with current sexual issues — abortion, pornography, reproductive and gay rights — but they also raise a host of new issues and questions: How, and in what ways, is sexuality political? Is the struggle for sexual freedom a complement to other struggles for liberation, or will it detract from them? Has the sexual revolution diminished or enriched the lives of women? … | more |

Protest and Survive

Protest and Survive

Helps us to better understand the dangers of U.S. nuclear strategy, and reminds us that is is a strategy we can resist.… | more |

The Poverty of Theory and Other Essays

The Poverty of Theory and Other Essays

This classic collection of essays by E.P. Thompson, one of England’s most renowned socialist voices, remains a staple text in the history of Marxist theory. The bulk of the book is dedicated to Thompson’s famous polemic against Louis Althusser and what he considers the reductionism and authoritarianism of Althusserian structuralism. In lively and erudite prose, Thompson argues for a self-critical and unapologetically humanist Marxist tradition. Also included are three essays of considerable importance to the development of the New Left.… | more |

Karl Marx’s Theory of Revolution, Vol II: The Politics of Social Classes

Karl Marx’s Theory of Revolution, Vol II: The Politics of Social Classes

This is the second installment of Hal Draper’s exhaustive and incomparable treatment of Marx’s political theory, policy, and practice. In forceful and readable language, Draper ranges through the development of the thought of Marx and Engels on the role of classes in society.… | more |

Karl Marx’s Theory of Revolution, Vol I: State and Bureaucracy

Karl Marx’s Theory of Revolution, Vol I: State and Bureaucracy

Volume I of Hal Draper’s definitive and masterful study of Marx’s political thought, which focuses on Marx’s attitude toward democracy, the state, intellectuals as revolutionaries, and much, much more.… | more |

The National Question

The National Question

Selected Writings by Rosa Luxemburg

Provocative writings on the question of national self-determination and its relationship with socialism.… | more |

Toward an Anthropology of Women

Toward an Anthropology of Women

“This book is a must for those who would follow the Marxist-feminist argument. Most of the authors are developing their arguments within the general outline of Marxist theory, yet their work here exposes some of the tensions and conflicts within that same theory. This is certainly the stuff of dialectics!” — Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews … | more |

Humanity and Society

Humanity and Society

A World History

A non-Eurocentric portrait of the major developments and integrations of social and cultural movements.… | more |

Marx, Freud, and the Critique of Everyday Life

Marx, Freud, and the Critique of Everyday Life

Toward a Permanent Cultural Revolution

The theory and practice of revolutionary social transformation, Bruce Brown argues, cannot rest content with the exclusive emphasis of traditional Marxism on world-historic processes and the struggle of the working classes for their collective emancipation. He views the experience both of the backsliding of revolution in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and of the manipulative integration of the population of the West into consumer capitalism, as seen at the turning point years of the early 1970s. Brown argues that Marxism needs to rediscover the specifically subjective, psychological dimensions of the revolutionary process in their relation to the objective patterns in history.… | more |

Workbook of an Unsuccessful Architect

Workbook of an Unsuccessful Architect

“As a socialist, Mr. Stone explains in terms that architects can understand and with examples which architects know from their own experiences, what it is to be dedicated to the Left in a world dedicated to the Right, to the Centre or to the self. He explains how producers of raw materials and products are able to influence public action in their interests rather than that of the community in the name of progress, renewal, slum clearance, and the American way-of-life… His drawings are a joy. It is clear that Mr. Stone is unsuccessful not in his terms but in ours because he has refused to be a corporate spear-carrier.” — The Canadian Architect … | more |