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Glen Newey: Slack-Sphinctered Pachyderm

29 April 1999
Collected Papers: Technology, War and Fascism 
by Herbert Marcuse, edited by Douglas Kellner.
Routledge, 278 pp., £25, March 1998, 0 415 13780 2
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The Contract of Mutual Indifference: Political Philosophy after the Holocaust 
by Norman Geras.
Verso, 181 pp., £15, June 1998, 1 85984 868 0
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... miserabilism and what in Esthétique du Mal Wallace Stevens called the ‘passion for yes that had never been broken’. This has to prevail against the modish view of technology as behemoth. As Norman Stone once wrote of Speer, ‘beyond a certain level, technical matters cannot be separated from morality.’ The latter’s claims remain importunate. A good deal of academic effort is devoted to ...

For the hell of it

Terry Eagleton: Norberto Bobbio

22 February 2001
In Praise of Meekness: Essays on Ethics and Politics 
by Norberto Bobbio, translated by Teresa Chataway.
Polity, 186 pp., £50, October 2000, 0 7456 2309 3
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... and there will be no place for it in the kingdom of freedom. Marx’s contempt for morality is especially ironic, since he himself was a moralist in the most classical sense of the term. As NormanGeras has remarked, Marx believed in moral notions, but he did not know that he did. He did not know it because he wrongly identified morality with bourgeois moralism, which he quite rightly rejected. He ...

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