Social Theories of the Late Left
The main figures of Farewell to Postmodernism are Perry Anderson, David Harvey, Fredric Jameson, Terry Eagleton and Slavoj Žižek. The book provides an encyclopaedic introduction to their work, while at the same time seeking to grasp the current trajectory of radical thought.
Chapter Two: David Harvey: From Crisis to Postmodernity
David Harvey: From Crisis to Postmodernity
The principle of family life is dependence on the soil, on land, terra firma. Similarly, the natural element for industry, animating its outward movement, is the sea. Since the passion for gain involves risk, industry though bent on gain yet lifts itself above it; instead of remaining rooted to the soil and the limited circle of civil life with its pleasures and desires, it embraces the element of flux, danger, and destruction.
G. W. F. Hegel, Elements of the Philosophy of Right, trans. T. M. Knox, § 247.
‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, you mighty city of Babylon! (…) Woe! Woe to you, great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth!In one hour she has been brought to ruin!
Rev 18:10–19, New International Version
In characteristic style, Terry Eagleton makes the following remarks about the works of the Anglo-American geographer and Marxist, David Harvey:
In an age when the traditional boundaries between intellectual disciplines are rapidly blurring, geography shares with literary studies the signal advantage of never having had much idea of what it was about in the first place. Just as literary studies covers everything from dactyls to death, geography spans everything from sand dunes to marriage rituals. David Harvey, the doyen of radical geographers, writes of material limits in a language which disdains all bounds, crossing from...
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