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African Philosophy: Myth and Reality

African Philosophy: Myth and Reality

In this seminal exploration of the nature and future of African philosophy, Paulin J. Hountondji attacks a myth popularized by ethnophilosophers such as Placide Tempels and Alexis Kagame that there is an indigenous, collective African philosophy separate and distinct from other philosophical traditions. He defends a critical universalism.

The original content of the communist program is the obliteration of the individual as an economic subject, rights-holder, and agent of human history (Part I)

Mikhail Okhitovich's disurbanist public home (credit: Fosco Lucarelli, Socks)

In this text, whose French translation appeared in Camatte’s book Bordiga et la Passion du Communisme and which is translated into English for the first time here, Amadeo Bordiga lays out a concrete vision of communist society as reconstructed from Marx’s fragmentary writings on the subject. Communist production, while following “a common and rational plan”, will as a joyful act constitute “its own reward”. However, to attain such a state of affairs, a revolutionary “dictatorship over consumption” will first be necessary according to Bordiga.

Notes on a Marxist history of empiricism

George Novack

A summary of an old critical Marxist history of empiricism.

Reflections on the Guillotine - Albert Camus

The last public execution in France 1939

An essay written in 1957 arguing for the abolition of capital punishment.

Towards Dialogue- Albert Camus

This text is part of a series of articles published in November 1946 under the title Neither Victims nor Executioners in the paper of the French Resistance Combat.

Man, Society, and Freedom - Mikhail Bakunin

Translated and edited by Sam Dolgoff, 1971.
Man, Society and Freedom is taken from a long, unfinished note to The Knouto-Germanic Empire and the Social Revolution, actually penned by Bakunin’s close associates Carlo Cafiero and Élisée Reclus in 1871, the same work from which God and State is taken.

The Humanisphere - Joseph Déjacque

Englsih translation and introduction of Joseph Déjacque's philosophical book.

A dissection of the metaphysics of scarcity - humanaesfera

Philosophical article that criticizes the metaphysics of scarcity, widely used (as "unquestionable presupposition") to justify the status quo, repression, commodity exchange, state, exploitation - a true theodicy (an imaginary justification of the sufferings and evils of the world). It shows how both economics and ecology are variations of this same metaphysics, radicalized by the commodity fetishism that pervades subjectivity in modern, capitalist society. And there's an addendum that addresses the pre-capitalist gift.

Ideological Commentary

Ideological Commentary 54

Ideological Commentary, a journal of political science, ran 65 issues from 1979 to 1994.
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