Philosophy

Philosophy talks back to power

Philosophy talks back to power

I was very heartened to read a comment piece in The Guardian by Paul Redding, Professor of Philosophy at Sydney University. Redding is one of the recipients of an ARC grant which was ridiculed by the Coalition in the week […]

Towards a sociological concept of neo-liberalism I

Towards a sociological concept of neo-liberalism I

Who’s afraid of neo-liberalism? Writing last year, Terry Flew inveighs against neo-liberalism as a shibboleth in academic discourse, signalling a distaste for markets but vague in meaning. Flew appears particularly exercised about its use in cultural studies, arguing that it […]

Margaret Thatcher and neo-liberal sovereignty

Margaret Thatcher and neo-liberal sovereignty

As a footnote to my post on Margaret Thatcher, I wanted to draw attention to some responses to the special sitting of Parliament and the state funeral in her memory. A number of Labour MPs boycotted the House of Commons […]

Envisioning realistic Utopias, realised utopias, Erik Olin Wright and Crooked Timber

There’s been a fascinating series on Crooked Timber on Erik Olin Wright’s book Envisioning Realistic Utopias. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem yet to be a sidebar link which captures the posts, and Wright is new to blogging and hasn’t linked back […]

Where is Australia’s Joey Barton?

Where is Australia’s Joey Barton?

For the uninitiated, Joey Barton captains and plays midfield for the Queens Park Rangers (QPR), a newly promoted side in the Premier League. He enjoys a certain amount of infamy in British sporting circles; having worked his way up through […]