Monday, February 2, 2009

Karatani Kōjin: Beyond the Trinity of Capital-Nation-State


Jarvis32 sends me this link to a lecture by Karatani Kōjin at Stanford in October, 2007. Writes Mr. Jarvis:
Finally, a theory that both socialist and anarchist can agree on. Karatani Kōjin calls it associationism. In many ways it’s similar to Chomsky’s libertarian socialism, which advocates the abolition of both capitalism and the state.

Marx predicted that in a socialist society the state would eventually disappear. So far, things haven’t quite worked out that way. Marx failed to see that a) the state is an autonomous entity which is not contingent on capitalism and b) many social evils (particularly war, militarism, etc.) are attributable not to capital, private property or free trade, but to the Leviathan state itself.

Taking such anti-statist critiques into account, Professor Karatani proposes associationism, which has its roots in the early anarchism/socialism that arose in the wake of the European Revolutions of 1848.

OK. That’s enough talking. Now watch the lecture series, courtesy of Professor Indra Levy. Oh, and also read Slavoj Žižek’s review of Karatani’s Transcritique: On Kant and Marx.

7 comments:

Jarvis32 said...

Quit pretending to be Jarvis32! We all know Jarvis32 is really Beholdmyswarthyface!

-Jarvis32 (the real one)

PS Thanks for the link. It takes Mr. Karatani a while to get in the groove, so I urge viewers to bear with him for the first few segments.

Josh Landers said...

Just returned from the library, after reading both Origins of Modern Japanese Literature and Architecture as Metaphor. Karatani is amazing. That's all I can say for now. Wish I'd discovered him earlier. I'll send you my thoughts later. I'm still in a state of bemused awe.

Jarvis the 31st said...

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This is Jarvis31st.
Could you please stop posting under my son's name? He called me up in the middle of the night to tell me his identity was stolen.
Many happy returns,
Jarvis31st

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M.

ghost of Ian Hogarth said...

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Anonymous said...

You also might want to check out these works by Karatani:

Karatani Kōjin
Origins of Modern Japanese Literature (1993):

Overcoming modernity; Soseki's diversity : on Kokoro / Karatani Kojin in Contemporary Japanese thought / edited by Richard F. Calichman. Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, c2005.

Architecture as metaphor : language, number, money / Kojin Karatani ; translated by Sabu Kohso ; edited by Michael Speaks. Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c1995.

“Japan as museum : Okakura Tenshin and Ernest Fenollosa” in Japanese art after 1945 : scream against the sky / Alexandra Munroe. Imprint New York : H.N. Abrams, 1994.

On Orientalism: “Overcoming Modernity,” Karatani Kōjin???

-Jarvis32