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by Timothy Bewes

  • ISBN: 1859846858
  • Category: Politics
  • Author: Timothy Bewes
  • Subcategory: Philosophy
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Verso (December 17, 2002)
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • FB2 size: 1456 kb
  • EPUB size: 1291 kb
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The book does exactly what has to be done: it does not simply ‘apply’ the concept of reification to our times, it. .Timothy Bewes is Associate Professor of English at Brown University

The book does exactly what has to be done: it does not simply ‘apply’ the concept of reification to our times, it thinks it over again-beyond Marx, but with Marx. Timothy Bewes is Associate Professor of English at Brown University.

Download Now. saveSave Timothy Bewes-Reification, Or the Anxiety of Late. I would like to thank the following people for talking to me about the ideas and for reading drafts of the material: Matt Jordan, -William Outhwaite, Charlotte Raven, Judith Williamson.

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Drawing upon writers including Kierkegaard, Herman Melville, Proust and Flannery O’Connor, he outlines a theory of reification which promises to unite politics with truth, art with experience, and philosophy with real life.

Reification is the process by which an idea is transformed into a thing. A useful metaphor for the effects of capitalism on society, it offers a materialist or physical explanation for a wide range of ideological phenomena from branding and national identity, to racial and sexual prejudice, to recent concepts like spin and globalization. At a time when such phenomena define our world to an unprecedented degree, the concept of reification ought to enjoy greater currency than ever. Yet recent thinkers have expressed deep reservations about the concept and the term has become marginalized in the humanities and social sciences. Eschewing this trend, Timothy Bewes opens up a new formulation of the theory, claiming that, in this highly reflective age of late capitalism, reification itself is inseparable from the anxiety people feel towards it. Drawing upon work by Lukacs, Kierkegaard, Proust, and Melville, among others, he outlines a theory that promises to close the gap between politics and truth, art and experience, and philosophy and real life.

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