Jan Mieszkowski

in Labors of Imagination

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225873
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235346 | DOI:

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This book argues that reading the texts of classical political economy together with post-Kantian literature offers important insights into some of the central controversies of contemporary cultural theory. Ideological debates in the humanities will benefit immeasurably once one recognizes that philosophical enquiry is not a hindrance to but an essential ally of empirical history. Indeed, efforts to demystify the philosophy of the self are rarely more free of metaphysical baggage than the systems from which they seek to distinguish themselves. The conceptualization of language comes to play a crucial role in the doctrines of production that structure modern political and economic thought. The result is a theory of linguistic labor, a labor of language that accompanies every act people normally call “material praxis”, but a labor that can never be assimilated into the commodity system as a power that could be bought or sold.

Keywords: post-Kantian literature; cultural theory; empirical history; language; linguistic labor; political economy; self; production; material praxis

Chapter.  1016 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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