Kostas Axelos’s Introduction to a Future Way of Thought reviewed at Marx and Philosophy

axelos-cover-copy.jpgKostas Axelos’s Introduction to a Future Way of Thought, which I edited and introduced last year, has been reviewed by George Tomlinson at Marx and Philosophy. It’s a thoughtful and incisive review. Both the review and the book are available open access. Here’s the first paragraph:

Regrettably, the Greek-French philosopher Kostas Axelos (1924-2010) remains relatively unknown by Anglo-American readers of the modern European philosophical tradition. For those familiar with Axelos’s work, his 1961 Alienation, Praxis, and Techne in the Thought of Karl Marx is generally the first, and only, port of call: it has been – until now – his only major work to be translated into English. As Stuart Elden’s excellent introduction to Introduction to a Future Way of Thought: On Marx and Heidegger makes clear, the situation is quite different in continental Europe, where the availability of Axelos’s corpus in multiple languages is a testament to the wide-ranging character and rich complexity of his thought. Axelos was at the forefront of postwar French intellectual life: a prodigious author, editor, translator, and interpreter, his writings were read – and commented on – by the likes of Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, and Henri Lefebvre, and his editorship of the journal and later book series Arguments yielded new works by writers including Georges Bataille, Jean Beaufret, Maurice Blanchot, Deleuze, Karl Jaspers, Karl Korsch, Lefebvre, and Herbert Marcuse, not to mention the first French translation of Georg Lukács’ History and Class Consciousness.

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