Corporate Capitalism and Political Philosophy

Corporate Capitalism and Political Philosophy

by Suman Gupta
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745317553

ISBN-13: 9780745317557

Pub. Date: 12/20/2001

Publisher: Pluto Press

This book is a political philosophical critique of corporate capitalism. Corporate capitalism is usually examined from a sociological or economic viewpoint, and this book breaks new ground in providing a thorough account of the mechanisms which define it from a philosophical perspective, revealing how these processes determine the way we live today.

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This book is a political philosophical critique of corporate capitalism. Corporate capitalism is usually examined from a sociological or economic viewpoint, and this book breaks new ground in providing a thorough account of the mechanisms which define it from a philosophical perspective, revealing how these processes determine the way we live today.

Marxism and other left-oriented political philosophies had ideological roots that were based, sometimes incongruously, on particular economic and sociological readings of the capitalist process. Political philosophies associated with conservatism and neo-liberalism have either been assimilated within capitalist discourses, or they have been designed to justify corporate capitalist processes. This book re-examines these issues with an unusually dispassionate approach, providing a systematic view of contemporary corporate capitalism in all its complexity, without expecting the reader to have a specialist knowledge of sociology or economics. It clarifies the scope of political philosophy by reflecting on its own methodology and practice, and offers a controversial conclusion-that within contemporary corporate capitalist modes of organization there is actually no space left for political philosophy at all, as corporate capitalism systematically denies all political agents an ability to exercise their political will.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745317557
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
12/20/2001
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 8.47(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Philosophical Methods and Capitalist Processes: Means, Definitions, Intentions

The Evasiveness of Corporate Capitalism
The Political State
The Capitalist Corporation
The Contradictions of Capitalism
Intentional Systems
What Follows

Part II: Reasons, Causes and Practices in Contemporary Corporate Capitalism

Classical Sociology and Managerialism
Management Discourses
The Macro-Issues Behind Executive Pay
Corporatism and the Corporate Capitalist State
Corporate Capitalist States and International Politics

Part III: The Disabled Political Will and Anti-Political Philosophy

The Mechanics of Disablement
The Anti-Political Self-Defeat of Mannheim
Popper’s Anti-Political Philosophical Tendencies
Hayek and the Mature Anti-Political Philosophy
Nozick’s Anti-Political Philosophy
Fukuyama’s Anti-Political Philosophy
The Need for Rational Utopian Thinking

Notes

Index

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