Synopses & Reviews
This shrinkwrapped set contains twelve Verso Radical Thinkers volumes at a discounted price:
- In Search of Wagnerby Theodor W. Adorno
- The Transparency of Evil: Essays on Extreme Phenomenaby Jean Baudrillard
- War and Cinema: The Logistics of Perceptionby PaulVirilio
- Reading Capitalby LouisAlthusser and EtienneBalibar
- The Origin of German Tragic Dramaby WalterBenjamin
- The Cultural Turn: Selected Writings on the Postmodern, 1983–1998by FredricJameson
- WalterBenjamin, Or, Towards a Revolutionary Criticism by TerryEagleton
- Ethics-Politics-Subjectivity: Derrida, Levinas and Contemporary French Thought by SimonCritchley
- Lenin: A Study on the Unity of His Thoughtby GeorgLukács
- Panegyricby GuyDebord
- Hegel Contra Sociologyby GillianRose
- The Democratic Paradoxby ChantalMouffe
The renowned postmodernist philosopher's tour-de-force contemplation of sex, technology, politics and disease in Western culture after the revolutionary 'orgy' of the 1960s.
“Verso’s beautifully designed Radical Thinkers series, which brings together seminal works by leading left-wing intellectuals, is a sophisticated blend of theory and thought.”—Ziauddin Sardar, New Statesmen
"The most important and original French thinker of the past twenty years." --J.G. Ballard
About the Author
'Theodor Adornowas director of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Frankfurt from 1956 until his death in 1969. His works include In Search of Wagner; Aesthetic Theory; Negative Dialectics; and (with Max Horkheimer) Dialectic of Enlightenment.
Louis Althusserwas born in Algeria in 1918 and died in France in 1990. He taught philosophy for many years at the Ecole Normale Superieur in Paris, and was a leading intellectual in the French Communist Party. His books include For Marx; Reading Capital(with Etienne Balibar); Essays in Ideology; Politics and History: Montesquieu, Rousseau, Marx; Machiavelli and Us; and The Spectre of Hegel.tienne Balibaris a French Marxist philosopher and the most celebrated student of Louis Althusser. He is also one of the leading exponents of French Marxist philosophy and the author of Spinoza and Politics, The Philosophy of Marxand co-author of Race, Nation and Classand Reading Capital.Jean Baudrillard(1929-2007) began teaching sociology at the Université de Paris-X in 1966. He retired from academia in 1987 to write books and travel until his death in 2007. His many works include Simulations and Simulacra, America, The Perfect Crime, The System of Objects, Passwords, The Transparency of Evil, The Spirit of Terrorism, and Fragments, among others.Walter Benjaminwas a German-Jewish Marxist literary critic, essayist, translator, and philosopher. He was at times associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory and is the author of Illuminations, The Arcades Project, and The Origin of German Tragic Drama.Simon Critchleyis a professor of philosophy at the New School for Social Research, and at the University of Essex, Colchester. His many books include Ethics-Politics-Subjectivityand, most recently, The Book of Dead Philosophers.Guy Debordwas born in Paris in 1931 and committed suicide in 1994. A Marxist theorist, French writer, poet, filmmaker, hypergraphist and founding member of the groups Letterist International and Situationist International, Debord is best known as the leading theoretician of the situationist movement. His works translated into English include The Society of the Spectacle, Comments on the Society of the Spectacle, and Panegyric.Terry Eagletonis Professor of Cultural Theory and John Rylands Fellow, University of Manchester. His other books include Ideology; The Function of Criticism; Heathcliff and the Great Hunger; Against the Grain; Walter Benjamin; and Criticism and Ideology, all from Verso.
Fredric Jamesonis Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University. The author of numerous books, he has over the last three decades developed a richly nuanced vision of Western culture\'s relation to political economy. He was a recipient of the 2008 Holberg International Memorial Prize. He is the author of many books, including Postmodernism, Or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, The Cultural Turn, A Singular Modernity, The Modernist Papers, Archaeologies of the Future, Brecht and Method, Ideologies of Theory,Valences of the Dialectic, The Hegel Variationsand Representing Capital.Georg Lukácswas a Marxist philosopher and literary critic and is widely considered to be the founder of the tradition of Western Marxism. He is the author of History and Class Consciousness, Lenin, and Theory of the Novel.Chantal Mouffeis a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster. Her books include The Return of the Political; Hegemony and Socialist Strategy(with Ernesto Laclau); The Dimensions of Radical Democracy; Gramsci and Marxist Theory; Deconstruction and Pragmatism; The Democratic Paradox; and The Challenge of Carl Schmitt, all from Verso.Gillian Rosewas a British philosopher and sociologist. She is the author of Paradiso, Mourning Becomes the Law, and Hegel Contra Sociology.Paul Viriliotrained as an artist in stained glass, working with Braque and Matisse, as well as studying philosophy at the Sorbonne. In 1975 he was made director of the Ecole spéciale d\'architecture in Paris. He retired from teaching in 1998 and now works with private organizations on projects to house the homeless in Paris. He has written many books, including War and Cinema, Open Sky, and Ground Zero.'