Caliban and the witch - Silvia Federici

Illustration of a witch burning

Caliban and the Witch is a history of the body in the transition to capitalism. Moving from the peasant revolts of the late Middle Ages to the witch-hunts and the rise of mechanical philosophy, Federici investigates the capitalist rationalization of social reproduction. She shows how the battle against the rebel body and the conflict between body and mind are essential conditions for the development of labor power and self-ownership, two central principles of modern social organization.

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Sep 12 2011 12:10


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Sep 12 2011 12:46
Oct 22 2012 11:10

an interview with silvia where she talks about the main arguments in her book can be found here:

Jan 5 2016 10:58

There is also this short Dauve critique here:

Oct 31 2016 19:54
Mike Harman
Jun 29 2017 22:48

Better version of this now at - we should update here with that version.