Warren Montag: “The Revocation of the Right to Subsistence: On the Legal and Political Origins of the Market”

The Origins of Civil Society: Warren Montag

January 16 @ 5 pm – 6:30 pm

210 Humanities 1, UC Santa Cruz

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Warren Montag is the Brown Family Professor of Literature, English Department, Occidental College. He has published widely on French and Italian thought of the 1960s and 1970s, especially Louis Althusser, as well as on literature and philosophy of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Swift, and Adam Smith. His most recent book is Althusser and His Contemporaries: Philosophy’s Perpetual War (Duke University Press,2013), and he has also published translations of Althusser, Pierre Macherey, and Étienne Balibar. His forthcoming book, co-authored with Mike Hill, is “The Other Adam Smith: Popular Contention, Commercial Society and the Birth of Necro-Economics” (Stanford University Press).

This event is part of “The Origins of Civil Society” organized by the Crisis in the Cultures of Capitalism Research Cluster. The development of the discipline of political economy, including its dialogue with modern political philosophy, is closely intertwined with the rise and expansion of capitalist society.

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