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Philosophical Critique of Capitalism

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Philosophical Critique of Capitalism

Sylvère Lotringer

Some would argue that some form of capitalism has been with humanity from the very beginning. But especially, over the last couple of centuries, political scientists, sociologists, economists and even clergy have grappled to understand what capitalism is — and what should be its purpose in our everyday lives.

To wrap up our Critical Thinking on Capitalism series we thought we'd give a philosopher a crack at it.

Sylvère Lotringer is Professor of French Literature and Philosophy at Columbia University and he's Founder and General Editor of the Publishing House Semiotext(e), which is widely credited for introducing the so-called "French Theory" philosophical framework to North America .

The group published the translated works of many of the critical anti-capitalist thinkers of the last 30 years. They recently put out an anthology called Hatred of Capitalism: A Semiotext(e) Reader.

And Jerome asked Sylvère what is capitalism…

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