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Hillel Ticktin

HILLEL TICKTIN ON THE RISE AND FALL OF THE LAW OF VALUE

For the next meeting of the Marx, Individuals & Society Seminar we have Hillel Ticktin talking on: ‘The rise and fall of the law of value’

Room MAL 354, Friday 25th February, 7-30 – 9.00pm, Malet Street, London
That should be interesting; I’m looking forward to it. Hope to see you there.

Best wishes

William Dixon

For further information contact: lukiezac@dircon.co.uk

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The Man in Black

THE COMING OF THE BODY

NEW TITLE FROM VERSO: The Coming of the Body

By HERVE JUVIN

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“After gods, after revolutions, after financial markets, the body is becoming our truth system. It alone endures, it alone remains.” Herve Juvin

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This startling book argues that scientific developments are redefining what it means to be human. Though we live longer than ever before, we are increasingly obsessed with youth and longevity, and increasingly disconnected from suffering, need and time. In the process, are we losing our morality?

The human lifespan has tripled in the last two centuries, ushering in a new kind of humanity which places the body at its centre. In the West, money, technology and medicine combine to deliver the body from war, suffering, death and religion. Even as state and global institutions crumble, this emergent body no longer struggles or resists.

The new body is rendered immune and newly resistant to the ravages of time, nature and capital. An emergent ‘industry of life’—from diets and plastic surgery to sex-free reproduction and virtual reality—further seeks to liberate the body from its biological functions.

Newly translated into English, THE COMING OF THE BODY weaves together a rich variety of sources to paint a cogent, if chilling, picture of this new paradigm. Technological advancement couples with demographic shifts to bring about a sweeping change in social relations. Adult adolescence becomes increasingly protracted and a new ethics of desire begins to emerge. Unabashedly hedonistic, the body becomes a machine of desire that eschews family, state and nation in favour of individual health, security and pleasure. In a society governed by contracts rather than ethical ties, money replaces traditional morals, fidelity and family in an insatiable quest for eternal youth.

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Praise for THE COMING OF THE BODY:

“Mr. Juvin’s book is being read attentively by philosophers and politicians, because it warns that pretty much all the values we consider human or humanist are collapsing…If we accept Mr. Juvin’s argument, the trinity of western ideals (‘liberty, equality, fraternity’) is in the course of being replaced by another one (‘health, security, pleasure’).” Christopher Caldwell, Financial Times

“Juvin’s central message is a sinister paradox: what communism set out to do, and disastrously failed to achieve, capitalism is in the process of realizing—the discredited messianic goal of reinventing humanity.” Perry Anderson, New Left Review

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HERVE JUVIN is President and founder of the Eurogroup Institute and is the author of a number of books on economics, finance, and management. He was a columnist for LE MONDE and now regularly contributes to L’EXPANSION and ENJEUX LES ECHOS.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 310 0 / $27.95 / £14.99 / CAN$31.00 / Hardback / 188 Pages

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For more information visit: http://www.versobooks.com/books/ghij/ij-titles/juvin_h_coming_of_the_body.shtml

To buy the book in the UK : http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9781844673100/The-Coming-of-the-Body

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Coming-Body-Herve-Juvin/dp/1844673103/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1283790998&sr=8-3

To buy the book in the US : http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Body-Herv%C3%A9-Juvin/dp/1844673103/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1283791027&sr=8-1

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KEVIN ANDERSON WEBSITE

 

Kevin Anderson has just launched his new website. I have been reading and following his work for some time. You can view Kevin’s new site at: http://www.kevin-anderson.com/

Glenn Rikowski

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MARX, INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETY

The next talk in this series will be given by William Dixon on: “Capitalism on the Window Curve: A Perspective on Crisis”

 

7.30PM – 9.00PM

30 Russell Sqaure

RUS (30) 401 – Classroom 15

Thursday 19th February

Details: email lukiezac@dircon.co.uk

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CYRIL SMITH: A RETROSPECTIVE

 

A meeting to look back over the work and ideas of Cyril Smith, who died on 8 May this year, will be held on THURSDAY 13 NOVEMBER at 7.0 pm, at THE CALTHORPE ARMS, GRAYS INN ROAD, LONDON. (Five minutes’ walk from Holborn, Kings Cross or Chancery Lane underground stations.)

 

The meeting will be a discussion about “WILLIAM BLAKE, KARL MARX AND CYRIL SMITH”, introduced by David Gorman, and held in the open style of the Individuals and Society seminar at Birkbeck college that Cyril helped to establish.

 

People may wish to read in preparation: Karl Marx and the Future of the Human, by Cyril Smith, chapters 10 (Marx and Human Self Creation) and 11 (Marx and the Fourfold Vision of William Blake). Witness Against the Beast: William Blake and the Moral Law, by E.P. Thompson, is also relevant.

 

All who are interested are welcome. Please forward this email to others.

 

We have booked the function room at the Calthorpe Arms, so that after the discussion we can together raise a glass to Cyril’s memory in comfortable surroundings. Questions re arrangements or whatever to Simon on smpirani@hotmail.com  or 020 8333 2152.

 

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