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    The paper argues that the future of socialism depends upon the category of use value being grounded in a wider and deeper conception of life value. Only as such can it serve as the regulating principle of a future democratic socialist society. Life value is anchored in an understanding of the human life's space-time continuum understood as a continuum of life requirements. The multiple life crises regularly generated by capitalism are crises of its incapacity to adequately satisfy these life req…Read more
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    Life Value and Social Justice
    Studies in Social Justice 5 (1): 1-10. 2011.
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    At different times Horkheimer, Adorno, and Marcuse argued that immortality is a condition of overcoming misery and achieving complete human freedom. Their arguments were made before “practical immortality” had become a concrete scientific project. The difference between what was then and what is now scientifically possible alters the ethical and political value of the idea of immortality. Had the first generation of critical theorists occupied the present historical moment, they would have reali…Read more
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    Dedication: Iris Marion Young, 1949-2006
    with Tanya Basok and Suzan Ilcan
    Studies in Social Justice 1 (1). 2007.
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    Marx’s Creative Legacies
    The European Legacy 25 (2): 217-224. 2019.
    Volume 25, Issue 2, February - March 2020, Page 217-224.
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    The Troubles With Democracy
    Rowman Littlefield International. 2019.
    Providing a new philosophical foundation for thinking about old problems such as class inequality, this concise and accessible book explores the concept of and problems associated with democracy. Ideal for students in politics and philosophy, the book informs new structural and institutional responses to these problems.
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    Capitalism, Colonialism, and the War on Human Life
    Historical Materialism 27 (1): 253-268. 2019.
    Dussel’s complex work calls into question the standard history of philosophy, reveals a counter-history at work beneath the official history that gives voice to the victims of capitalism and colonialism, and systematically develops a novel ‘material ethics’ grounded in an unqualified, universal affirmation of life as the foundation of liberatory values. The Ethics of Liberation brings together the major problems explored in Dussel’s prolific body of earlier work: the relationship between Western…Read more
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    The Fair Society: The Science of Human Nature and the Pursuit of Social Justice (review)
    Journal of Critical Realism 12 (3): 410-412. 2013.
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    Life-Value vs Money-Value: Capitalism’s Fatal Category Mistake
    The European Legacy 24 (3-4): 437-445. 2019.
    Volume 24, Issue 3-4, May - June 2019, Page 437-445.
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    On Marxist Ethics
    Journal of Critical Realism 15 (2): 187-200. 2016.
    A new collection of essays edited by Michael J. Thompson aims to explicate and defend the humanist values which, according to the authors, were the core of Marx's critique of capitalist society. The text does not aim to provide a political roadmap to building an alternative society in which those values could be realized but rather philosophical analysis of the meaning and implications of those values. While there are sometimes tensions between the philosophical arguments developed in the variou…Read more
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    Well-Being: Happiness in a Worthwhile Life
    Journal of Critical Realism 15 (3): 305-309. 2016.
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    Book Reviews (review)
    with Eric White, Giorgio Baruchello, Cristelle Baskins, John Bokina, Edmund J. Campion, Victor Castellani, Harvey Chisick, Edward J. Harpham, Grant Havers, Horst Jesse, J. -Guy Lalande, Iddo Landau, Walter Leimgruber, Hugh Lindsay, Clinton R. Long, Edwin R. McCullough, William Mengel, Stephen Morris, Gloria Mound, Samuel Moyn, Tim Murphy, Katarzyna Nowak, Gabriel B. Paquette, Brayton Polka, Erkan Rehber, Hans J. Rindisbacher, Mia Roth, Richard Sakwa, Arthur Shostak, Stanley Shostak, Armand Singer, Madeleine Soudée, Peter Stansky, Chris Tucker, John E. Weakland, Amy C. Whipple, Reva Wolf, and Fredric S. Zuckerman
    The European Legacy 12 (4): 497-543. 2007.
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    The Human and the Inhuman: Hegel and the Politics of Postmodernity
    International Studies in Philosophy 28 (1): 61-72. 1996.
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    The Life-Value of Death: Mortality, Finitude, and Meaningful Lives
    Journal of Philosophy of Life 3 (1): 1-23. 2013.
    In his seminal reflection on the badness of death, Nagel links it to the permanent loss “of whatever good there is in living.” I will argue, following McMurtry, that “whatever good there is in living” is defined by the life-value of resources, institutions, experiences, and activities. Enjoyed expressions of the human capacities to experience the world, to form relationships, and to act as creative agents are intrinsically life-valuable, the reason why anyone would desire to go on living indefin…Read more
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    Embodiment and the Meaning of Life
    Mcgill-Queen's University Press. 2018.
    The long tradition of pessimism in philosophy and poetry notoriously laments suffering caused by vulnerabilities of the human body. The most familiar and contemporary version is antinatalism, the view that it is wrong to bring sentient life into existence because birth inevitably produces suffering. Technotopianism, which stems from a similarly negative view of embodied limitations, claims that we should escape sickness and death through radical human-enhancement technologies. In Embodiment and …Read more
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    This paper explores the ways in which neoliberal schooling is threatening education. We define education as the development of cognitive and imaginative capacities for understanding of and critical engagement with social reality. Education opens horizons of possibility for collective and individual life-experience and activity by exposing the one-sidedness and contradictions of ruling-value systems. Schooling, by contrast, subordinates thought and imagination to the reproduction of the ruling mo…Read more
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    “The re-discovery of Marx,” Marcello Musto argues, “is based on his persistent capacity to explain the present: he remains an indispensible instrument for understanding it and transforming it.”. It is true that the continuity of problems connecting our world to Marx’s ensures the relevance of historical materialism. At the same time, changes in the structure and scale of capitalism, as well as failures of nineteenth and twentieth century socialism to build a democratic and life-affirming alterna…Read more
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    Essays and Reviews, 1959–2002 (review)
    The European Legacy 22 (6): 748-750. 2017.
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    All varieties of socialism share this trait in common: they are systematic alternatives to capitalism. But why should a systematic alternative to capitalism be necessary? Has it not proven to be the most productive economic system in history? Has it not created social conditions in which the powers of human imagination, creativity, and scientific understanding have grown to wider scope than in any previous society? Has it not enabled human beings to extend their life span and live healthier and …Read more
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    Since its publication in 1971, John Rawls’ A Theory of Justice has defined the terrain of political philosophical debate concerning the principles, scope, and material implications of social justice. Social justice for Rawls concerns the principles that govern the operation of major social institutions. Major social institutions structure the lives of citizens by regulating access to the resources and opportunities that the formulation and realization of human projects require. Rawls’ theory of …Read more
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    Subjecthood and Self-Determination: The Limitations of Postmodernism as Democratic Theory
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 29 (sup1): 147-169. 1999.
    (1999). Subjecthood and Self-Determination: The Limitations of Postmodernism as Democratic Theory. Canadian Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 29, Supplementary Volume 25: Civilization and Oppression, pp. 147-169
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    Marx is famous for apparently dismissing the practical role of philosophy. Yet, as accumulating empirical knowledge of growing life-crises proves, the simply availability of facts is insufficient to motivate struggles for fundamental change. So too manifest social crisis. The economic crisis which began in 2008 has indeed motivated social struggles, but nothing on the order of the revolutionary struggles Marx expected. Rather than make Marx irrelevant, however, the absence of global struggles fo…Read more
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    To the extent that classical, neoclassical, and Marxist political economy have traditionally ignored the problem of economic scale and valorized economic growth, all three have much to learn from ecological economics. Its most important contribution is the argument that the human economy is a subsystem of the finite earth’s natural life-support system. Implied in this argument is a new metric of economic health, the life-value rather than the money-value of that which economies produce and distr…Read more
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