Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745331553 Published November 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9780745331560 Published November 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Idiotism: Capitalism and the Privatisation of Life

Neal Curtis

Idiotism: Capitalism and the Privatisation of Life

Neal Curtis

Distributed for Pluto Press

184 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745331553 Published November 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9780745331560 Published November 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Idiotism examines the condition of society in late capitalism where the market logic of neoliberalism has become the new ‘common sense’, taken as the model for the organisation and management of all aspects of social life. Using the Greek word idios, meaning 'private', Neal Curtis calls this privatisation of the world ‘idiotism’.

Constructing a new vocabulary with which to understand contemporary society, Curtis examines 'idiotism' across the spheres of economics, politics and culture, drawing on the philosophy and political theories of Martin Heidegger, Louis Althusser, Franco Berardi, Jacques Rancière and Cornelius Castoriadis.

Idiotism recasts our conception of the new neoliberal 'common sense', presenting it as not simply a case of false consciousness, but an ontological problem related to our being-in-the-world.
Contents
1: Enclosing the World, or Idiotism
2: The Ideology of Idiotism
3: Idiotism and Economics
4: Idiotism and Politics
5: Idiotism and Culture
6: Opening the World, or Democracy
Bibliography
Notes
Index
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