Postone on power, structure and agency

A recurring question that students raise is, in one way or another, a question about the relationship between social structures and human agency (e.g. the regulatory power of state education and the agency of teachers). I encountered this again at a recent conference, where the discussion about the progressive potential of co-operatives became a discussion about the power … Continue reading Postone on power, structure and agency

Marx’s method (II): ‘the method of rising from the abstract to the concrete’

In my previous notes I quoted Marx describing his approach as "the method of rising from the abstract to the concrete". What a wonderful description, but what does it mean? Marx goes on to discuss it in some length in that section of his notebooks for Capital, first using the concept of 'population': "When we … Continue reading Marx’s method (II): ‘the method of rising from the abstract to the concrete’

Writing, craft and method: Postone’s Notes on the German Reaction to ‘Holocaust’

Anti-Semitism and National Socialism: Notes on the German Reaction to "Holocaust" (PDF) I have read Moishe Postone's article a number of times. Today, I sent it to a friend with the following message: A bit off the wall, but I've attached one of my favourite articles. There's probably a time and a place to read … Continue reading Writing, craft and method: Postone’s Notes on the German Reaction to ‘Holocaust’