Month: December 2015

Introduction to Non-Marxism reviewed at NDPR

Ian James reviews Laruelle’s Introduction to Non-Marxism. Here’s something of the summary paragraph:

One might wonder, once again, where the ambition of Marxism to change the world finds its place within the operation of non-Marxist unilateral dualization. The syntax of unilateral duality places everything back into an identity with the indeterminate Real but does so at the expense of any and all logic of representation, mediation or relation by which concrete interventions in the world might be pursued and the effective transformation of capitalism achieved. For many with commitments on the political left such an outcome may be met with expressions of exasperation, if not of derision. Yet Laruelle is very clear, the purpose of non-Marxism is not to do away with struggle but to transform the terms upon which struggle occurs when it is determined by the immanent Real rather than by way of Marxism’s philosophical transcendence and the legacy of failure it bears. The struggle of non-Marxism is a struggle that is carried out immanently against the World and against the World-form or, as Laruelle puts it, it is: ‘an immanent struggle with the capital-world, and not a struggle by way of transcendence interspersed with the capital-world’ (127).

Symposium looking for area editors

The Canadian Journal for Continental Philosophy is looking for people to take up a given beat and work to get book reviews and such in those areas. Here’s the information:


Since 2010, Symposium has been publishing book reviews and review essays online. Making reviews freely accessible on our website is one way in which we support and try to raise the profile of Canadian scholarship in Continental philosophy. In order to continue in that direction, we would like to substantially increase the number of reviews published and create a space for debate that is philosophically diverse and inclusive.

To facilitate this, we will introduce a new editorial structure to Symposium’s book reviews and expand the editorial board of reviews to include more voices. We are looking to recruit area editors who will be responsible for commissioning reviews for specific sub-fields of continental philosophy. We are looking for editors for the following subfields:

  • Phenomenology
  • Deconstruction/Post-structuralism
  • New realisms
  • Critical theory
  • Existentialism
  • German idealism

as well as for the intersections between Continental philosophy and the following fields:

  • Feminism
  • Queer Theory
  • Africana Philosophy
  • Asian Philosophy
  • Animal Studies

Of course, we also welcome suggestions for any other underrepresented fields.

Our expectation for an area editor is that he or she commissions and brings to publication at least two book reviews in his or her field of specialty over the course of one year. Area editors who meet this requirement will be eligible for renewal for subsequent years.

We are also looking for a bilingual, social-media savvy junior scholar or graduate student to run a Facebook page and Twitter account.

This is a great opportunity to support continental philosophy, gain editorial experience and promote current research in your own area. If you are interested, would like to know more about this opportunity or have any question, please contact Devin Zane Shaw at