Powers of the Mind

Mental and Manual Labor in the Contemporary Political Crisis

Michael Bray

Transcript-Verlag

Powers of the Mind

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Pub Date: January 2019

ISBN: 9783837641479

200 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $100.00

Powers of the Mind

Mental and Manual Labor in the Contemporary Political Crisis

Michael Bray

Transcript-Verlag

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The Marxist conception of the division between mental and manual labor is a critical yet unrecognized aspect of contemporary political struggles. Departing from this novel argument, Michael Bray traces the conceptual and sociopolitical history of this labor division and emphasizes how the forms of control and organization articulated by that division in practices of production, democracy, racialization, and financialization are becoming increasingly important. Critiquing the left for its tendency to side implicitly with the powers of mental labor, Michael Bray shows that comprehending and challenging those powers is a pivotal task for anticapitalist politics today.

About the Author

Michael Bray is associate professor of philosophy at Southwestern University. His research focuses on populisms and the question of transition.