All the Good Stuff that Cannot be Measured

Yanis Varoufakis talks about the neoclassical economic tradition and its (futile and detrimental) attempt to quantify non-quantifiable phenomena. Such a debate has been raging on in the social sciences for quite some time, and continues today. Theodor Adorno and critical theory offers a important theoretical contribution to this debate (though such a rejection of the imperative … Continue reading All the Good Stuff that Cannot be Measured

Lukacs’ and Capitalist Alienation

“[man’s] own labor becomes something objective and independent of him, something that controls him by virtue of an autonomy alien to man. There is both an objective and a subjective side to this phenomenon. Objectively a world of objects and relations between things springs into being (the market). The laws governing these objects are indeed gradually discovered by man, but … Continue reading Lukacs’ and Capitalist Alienation

The Project of Feminist Epistemology

“Sympathetic individuals who are not members of an oppressed group ... should realize that nothing they may do ... can make them one of the oppressed. For instance, men who share household and child-rearing responsibilities with women are mistaken if they think that this act of choice, often buttressed by the gratitude and admiration of others, is anything … Continue reading The Project of Feminist Epistemology

Why the Euro Divides Europe

Abstract: A landmark critique of Smithian notions of money as neutral medium of exchange, naturalized in social theory from Parsons to Habermas. Arguing instead for Weber’s concept of money as weapon in the market struggle, Wolfgang Streeck reveals how the single currency has transformed Europe’s qualitative horizontal diversity into quantitative vertical inequality. Streeck, Wolfgang. 2015. … Continue reading Why the Euro Divides Europe