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Philosophy and Critical Pedagogy

Insurrection and Commonwealth

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Charles Reitz

Critical pedagogy, political economics, and aesthetic theory combine with dialectical and materialist understandings of science, society, and revolutionary politics to develop the most radical goals of society and education. In Philosophy and Critical Pedagogy: Insurrection and Commonwealth, Marcuse’s hitherto misunderstood and neglected philosophy of labor is reconsidered, resulting in a labor theory of ethics. This develops commonwealth criteria of judgment regarding the real and enduring economic and political possibilities that concretely encompass all of our engagement and action. Marcuse’s newly discovered 1974 Paris Lectures are examined and the theories of Georg Lukács and Ernest Manheim contextualize the analysis to permit a critical assessment of the nature of dialectical methodology today. Revolutionary strategy and a common-ground political program against intensifying inequalities of class, race, and gender comprise the book’s commonwealth counter-offensive.
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Critical pedagogy, political economics, and aesthetic theory combine with dialectical and materialist understandings of science, society, and revolutionary politics to develop the most radical goals of society and education. In Philosophy & Critical Pedagogy: Insurrection & Commonwealth, Marcuse’s hitherto misunderstood and neglected philosophy of labor is reconsidered, resulting in a labor theory of ethics. This develops commonwealth criteria of judgment regarding the real and enduring economic and political possibilities that concretely encompass all of our engagement and action. Marcuse’s newly discovered 1974 Paris Lectures are examined and the theories of Georg Lukács and Ernest Manheim contextualize the analysis to permit a critical assessment of the nature of dialectical methodology today. Revolutionary strategy and a common-ground political program against intensifyinginequalities of class, race, and gender comprise the book’s commonwealth counter-offensive.

“We live in a time of great unrest. The effects of racism, economic exploitation, and other forms of social oppression are beginning to be contested in many pockets of our society. In these times, Charles Reitz’s new book is a must-read for those who are seeking a new theoretical framework for addressing recent structures and mechanisms of alienation and exploitation. This book provides us with a history of dialectics as well as insights into how dialectical thinking can help us grasp and transform our society. The conversation created between Marx, Marcuse, and Manheim is very informative. One of the greatest contributions by Reitz is his rethinking of the idea of commonwealth. Those of us who are...

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