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Carl Polanyi's fictitious commodities

I really don't understand his concept of fictitious commodities. For example housing. Why is housing, according to Polanyi, a fictitious commodity? Why is it bad to have a housing market according to ...
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What is the Economic Orientation of Hegel? Is he a Capitalist, Socialist, or Communist?

What is the Economic Orientation of Hegel? Is he a Capitalist, Socialist or Communist? What is his point of view regarding commerce, and principal of supply and demand? What is his point of view ...
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Does the current “ruling ontology” deny any possibility of a social causation of mental illness?

Mark Fisher in his book Capitalist Realism writes: The current ruling ontology denies any possibility of a social causation of mental illness. Fisher then goes on to say that the construct of “...
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Historically, what comes after Capitalism according to Marxist thinking?

Here I understand Capitalism as the current mode of production where social production is based fundamentally in the exchange of commodities. From the history of society we can understand one simple ...
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Ethics of involuntary participation in an unethical hegemony

If you're an anticapitalist in the West or Global North you're an unwilling participant in the prevailing hegemony (capitalism), but usually without much choice. You can't find shelter without ...
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How far is this statement likely to be true, "the way what can be measured almost always takes precedence over what cannot"? [closed]

Excerpt from Rebecca Solnit's book 'Men Explain Things to Me': My friend Chip Ward speaks of “the tyranny of the quantifiable,” of the way what can be measured almost always takes precedence over ...
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What is "high art"? [closed]

Does the difference with low art still matter, and is high art not merely socially sanctioned by class but superior to low art, to the extent of the latter being an embarrassing mistake? Feel free to ...
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Is there a consensus that cultural, erotic, social capital exists and can be bought with each other and economic capital?

Is there a consensus that cultural, erotic, social capital exists and can be bought with each other and economic capital? This was the basis of the great British class survey, and differing ...
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If I always have some right, how do I decide how I may enforce it?

Suppose I always have the right to not tell someone something, if I so chose. Suppose I am also unwilling or unable to leave them alone, and they are smart enough to work it out if I don't create a ...
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Do decolonialists have to attack science and modernity?

I’m a professional scientist (mathematician, actually). I’m not a philosopher. I’ve got a lot of friends well-versed in philosophy, and they all seem to point toward modernity as a byproduct of ...
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Is there a term that extends the Real Subsumption of Labour to society as a whole?

I am currently doing some research on Marx's concept of Real Subsumption of Labour, which refers to the process of capitalist production transforming from a formal subsumption (using pre-existing ...
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Why does Karl Marx think a new social form will derive from the inherent paradoxes of capitalism? [closed]

My professor said according to Marx, what capitalists purchase is not labor goods, but the products of labor. To me, the result is not the market economy of "distribution according to labor",...
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A different kind of ideology somewhat between capitalism and communism

I was wondering in the past couple of days about an idea, and I'd like to know your opinion on it. From a strictly moral point of view, the ideal communist society is pretty utopic. Equality, equal ...
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Sociological studies about capitalism

Economist are generally favorable of capitalism / free markets. However most sociologists I know are highly critical of capitalism. I have read many studies regarding the impact of free markets on ...
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Which Philosophers talk about the Future. the technologies beyond AI and John Searle?

I like philosophy since long time ago I know a little about Socrates, Plato, Descartes, Hegel, Marx, Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Leibniz. I like his work but there is a topic that I am really ...
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What comes after capitalism?

Many social philosophers have expressed a desire to end capitalism as the dominant mode of production. However, I take it as an unavoidable fact of nature that labor of some form is necessary. Humans, ...
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Is it moral get free benefits from a country and then leave it for a better life?

There is an article about movies. It mentions an actress from the former Soviet Union who was denounced by some communist for playing a role in the wrong western movie. He says: The Soviet Union gave ...
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Neo-liberal capitalism

In an academic paper I am trying to argue that there is a stark difference between neoliberal capitalism and traditional religions (Islam, Christianity, Buddhism etc.). Do you know of any philosopher ...
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Is the internet a commodity in the Marxist sense?

Is the internet a commodity in the Marxist sense? It may help to know if it's made, bought and sold. Can people own more or less of the internet, and in what ways?
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How did Peter L. Berger's view of capitalism differ from Ivan Illich's?

These two men had different opinions on capitalism. I thought Ivan Illich was an anarchist. But I thought Dr. Berger believed that socialism was a myth. I read that they disagreed on capitalism. ...
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Are Marx's crises of capitalism essentially crises for the working class?

Are Marx's crises of capitalism essentially crises for the working class? It is well known that Marx predicted increased immiseration of the working class relative to the bourgeoisie, and that crises,...
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What's the name of the "God creates Evil" fallacy?

I see this fallacy everywhere, from anti-Christians to Socialists/Communists. It goes like this: "if God exists, then why did He make all this Evil?" Another example: "the baker, by baking bread and ...
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How did subjectivity change with capitalism?

How did human subjectivity change with capitalism? I'm interested in Marxist answers, but I will accept answers from other perspectives. So, less about how our understanding of 'subjectivity' changed ...
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How can laissez-faire capitalism not turn to corporatocracy?

An idea of corporatocracy (pretty dystopian) exists in some movies and videogames. Typically huge corporations ar epresented as having own armies and those armies can force citizens do their work. We ...
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Are there philosophers working with the idea of language being ideological?

Are there philosophers working with the idea of language being ideological? If so, who, what specifically are their research interests, and what studies into it are available? By 'ideology' I suppose ...
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Validity of Authority

I am an anarchist, and frequently in political philosophy discussions my visions and ideals of a leaderless society are rebuffed with the claim that people are not capable enough/ not to be trusted to ...
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Is (almost) every store unethical due to its pricing strategy?

Almost every store sells a majority of their products using cheap, manipulative tricks such as setting the sales price at a number ending in 9. So instead of 50, they'll ask for 49. Instead of 250, ...
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Is the folliowing tu quoque a reasonable argument?

Is the following tu quo que a reasonable argument? Don't be a communist, you saw what happened in Russia Reply: And the slave trade was run by capitalists. I'm not even sure if the reply is true, ...
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What's a 'bootstrap argument'?

Glasbeek, Harry. BA, LLB (Melbourne), JD (Chicago). Class Privilege: How Law Shelters Shareholders and Coddles Capitalism (2017). p. 168 Bottom.   This is a good juncture at which to remind ...
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Capitalism stance on natural disasters

This question is not really related to objectivism, but I am somewhat intersted in "What would Ayn Rand say?", with emphasis on her defense of capitalism rather than her general philosophy. Accepting ...
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What is intrinsic in Capitalism which leads to accumulation of wealth with a minority?

I know this is a broad question some would recommend me reading Marx or other critics of capitalism to find the answer. But my question is, in almost all western world, there are left wing entities in ...
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Would an universal basic income eliminate exploitation (a la Marx) in capitalism?

Marx's argument in the theory of exploitation is that capitalists do not need to sell their labour power in the market in order to live, whereas workers need to do so. As such, workers are not really "...
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Do Deleuze and Baudrillard really advocate extracting capitalism's "subversive energy"?

I'm reading Forget Foucault by Baudrillard, or starting to, anyway. Still in Sylvere Lotringer's introduction. He claims that, after the failure of the '68 revolution in France, thinkers like Deleuze ...
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