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The interest in aesthetics in philosophy, literary and cultural studies is growing rapidly. This book contains exemplary essays by key practitioners in these fields which demonstrate the importance of this area of enquiry. New aestheticism remains a troubled term and in current parlance it already comes loaded with the baggage of the 'philistine controversy' which first emerged in an exchange that originally that took place in the New Left Review during the mid-1990s. A serious aesthetic education is necessary for resisting the advance of 'philistinism'. Contemporary aesthetic production may be decentred and belonging to the past, but that is not a reason to underestimate what great works do that nothing else can. Despite well-established feminist work in literary criticism, film theory and art history, feminist aesthetics 'is a relatively young discipline, dating from the early 1990s'. The book focuses on the critical interrogation of the historical status of mimesis in the context of a gendered and racial politics of modernity. Throughout the history of literary and art criticism the focus has fallen on the creation or reception of works and texts. The book also identifies a fragmentary Romantic residue in contemporary aesthetics. The Alexandrian aesthetic underlies the experience of the 'allegorical'. 'Cultural poetics' makes clear the expansion of 'poetics' into a domain that is no longer strictly associated with 'poetry'. The book also presents an account of a Kantian aesthetic criticism, discussing Critique of Pure Reason, Critique of Aesthetic Judgement and Critique of Judgement.

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Governing Precarity through Adaptive Design
Mark Duffield

: Innovations Fair ’, November , (accessed 5 April 2017 ). Amsden , A. H. ( 1990 ), ‘ Third World Industrialization: “Global Fordism” or a New Model? ’, New Left Review , 182 , 5 – 31 . Anderson , C. ( 2007 ), ‘ The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete ’, Wired , 16 July , (accessed 9 February 2015

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Scott Hamilton

in, say, Customs in Common, his 1991 volume of academic essays on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British history? There are reasons to reject such a judgement. Despite its subject matter, the tone of ‘Peculiarities’ recalls the political polemics of the late 1950s and early 1960s.4 The long backward gazes of ‘Peculiarities’ make it easy for us to forget that in 1965 the essay was received not as a disinterested piece of history, but as a political onslaught against Perry Anderson and the circle he had gathered around him at the New Left Review. To treat

in The crisis of theory
The British far left and the third world, 1956–79
Ian Birchall

emergence of a ‘new left’. This contained many tendencies and had no fixed political doctrine; but one important theme was the search for a political force independent of both Washington and Moscow. To some the newly non-aligned nations and the liberation struggles in the third world seemed to provide such a force. The original New Left Review (NLR) was an eclectic journal reflecting various tendencies in the emerging new left. But an awareness of the third world was present throughout the milieu. Even Edward Thompson, whose roots were in the traditions of the British

in Against the grain
Laura Beers

makes use of the socialist feminist journal Feminist Review, the Marxist New Left Review, and Spare Rib, the monthly magazine of the WLM, which included contributions from socialists, radicals and other members of the diffuse and fragmentary women’s movement. The chapter uses these sources to advance the argument that the entrance of militant feminists into the Labour Party in the 1980s should be understood principally as a response to the perceived radicalisation of right-­wing women, and particularly to the perceived threat of Thatcherism to feminism. It challenges

in Rethinking right-wing women
Ben Cohen
Eve Garrard

(This essay was first published in New Left Review , No. 224, July/August 1997) I shall begin here from an astonishing fact. In December 1938, in an appeal to American Jews, Leon Trotsky in a certain manner predicted the impending Jewish catastrophe. Here is what he wrote: It is possible to imagine without difficulty what awaits the Jews at the mere outbreak of the future world war. But even without war the next development of world reaction signifies with certainty the physical extermination of the Jews. 1 This was just a few weeks after

in The Norman Geras Reader
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Beyond Stalinism and social democracy?
Paul Blackledge

terms with the issues of Stalinism and reformism, this was not universally true. In particular, Alasdair MacIntyre’s critical defence of E. P. Thompson’s socialist humanism extended Thompson’s strategic insights in a direction that pointed towards the possibility of realising the New Left’s goal of renewing socialism beyond the parameters of Stalinism and social democracy. Unfortunately, MacIntyre’s insights have been obscured by the tendency amongst academics to reduce the New Left to writings in New Left Review, its predecessor magazines Universities and Left Review

in Against the grain
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The Nairn–Anderson interpretation
Mark Wickham-Jones

– contribution to this undertaking focused on a particular account of the character of British reformism. Two of Nairn’s publications stand out as especially relevant in this regard. First, in ‘The nature of the Labour Party’, a paper in two parts originally published in New Left Review during 1964 and subsequently merged as a chapter of Anderson and Blackburn’s Towards Socialism (1965), he gave a coruscating overview of the party’s failures during the first sixty years of its history. In passing, the reader should note that although these publications are cited by their

in Interpreting the Labour Party
Stephen Howe

believed, there came to be a substantial role for the ‘Two Nations theory’ in influencing the British left. Pro-Republican antagonists saw it – too simply, of course – as taking over the Labour’s ‘soft left’, Eurocommunists and the CPGB, Althusserian Marxists, what was left of the NILP and its fragments, Tom Nairn and (if by default) New Left Review, and Militant in both Britain and Ireland. On broader and longer-term matters, the issues at stake embraced – this is not, naturally, an exclusive list – attitudes to Unionism and Loyalism; questions of the roots of division

in The British Labour Party and twentieth-century Ireland
Social and cultural modernity beyond the nation-state

German philosopher Jürgen Habermas has written extensively on the European Union. This is the only in-depth account of his project. Published now in a second edition to coincide with the celebration of his ninetieth birthday, a new preface considers Habermas’s writings on the eurozone and refugee crises, populism and Brexit, and the presidency of Emmanuel Macron.

Placing an emphasis on the conception of the EU that informs Habermas’s political prescriptions, the book is divided into two main parts. The first considers the unfolding of 'social modernity' at the level of the EU. Among the subjects covered are Habermas's concept of juridification, the latter's affinities with integration theories such as neofunctionalism, and the application of Habermas's democratic theory to the EU. The second part addresses 'cultural modernity' in Europe – 'Europessimism' is argued to be a subset of the broader cultural pessimism that assailed the project of modernity in the late twentieth century, and with renewed intensity in the years since 9/11.

Interdisciplinary in approach, this book engages with European/EU studies, critical theory, political theory, international relations, intellectual history, comparative literature, and philosophy. Concise and clearly written, it will be of interest to students, scholars and professionals with an interest in these disciplines, as well as to a broader readership concerned with the future of Europe