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Idiotism: Capitalism and the Privatisation of Life (Hardback)
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Idiotism: Capitalism and the Privatisation of Life (Hardback)

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Hardback 184 Pages / Published: 09/11/2012
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Idiotism examines the condition of society in late capitalism where the market logic of neoliberalism has become the new `common sense', taken as the model for the organisation and management of all aspects of social life. Using the Greek word idios, meaning 'private', Neal Curtis calls this privatisation of the world `idiotism'.

Constructing a new vocabulary with which to understand contemporary society, Curtis examines 'idiotism' across the spheres of economics, politics and culture, drawing on the philosophy and political theories of Martin Heidegger, Louis Althusser, Franco Berardi, Jacques Ranciere and Cornelius Castoriadis.

Idiotism recasts our conception of the new neoliberal 'common sense', presenting it as not simply a case of false consciousness, but an ontological problem related to our being-in-the-world.

Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745331560
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 215 x 135 x 15 mm


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Neal Curtis boldly confronts the disturbing trap of contemporary democracy: its promises of diversity and plurality are undone by capitalist enclosure. Those brave enough to acknowledge not just capitalism's idiocy but the way it makes idiots of us will be grateful for this provocative, unyielding, and immensely readable book. -- Jodi Dean, Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and author of Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies (2009).
Neal Curtis's book describes how the spread of privatised stupidity, economic fanaticism and the cuts in education are provoking a rise of barbarianism and laying the foundations for a dictatorship of ignorance. -- Franco Berardi, author of The Soul at Work: From Alienation to Autonomy (2009).
The best way to persuade people that "there is no alternative" is to isolate, divide and atomise them. This valuable book offers a systematic and wide-ranging study of the far-reaching privatisation and marketisation of modern life, and counters the ruthless exclusion of meaningful references to the public good. -- Peter Hallward, Professor of Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, UK.
Idiotism offers one of the most lucid and acute critiques of neoliberal culture to date. Curtis persuasively identifies privatisation as the constitutive operation of that culture, while crucially drawing our attention to the deep philosophical, political and economic problems and contradictions to which it gives rise. Perhaps most importantly, by making rigorous use of Lyotard and Heidegger to achieve this end and to propose a radically democratic alternative, the book demonstrates the analytical value of philosophers who are too-often dismissed by the orthodox Left, as well as the originality and importance of its author's own project. -- Jeremy Gilbert, Reader in Cultural Studies at the University of East London.

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