In Groundwork of Phenomenological Marxism: Crisis, Body, World, Ian H. Angus investigates the crisis of reason in a contemporary context. Beginning from Edmund Husserl’s The Crisis of the European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology, Angus connects the phenomenology of human motility to Marx’s ontology of labor in Capital and shows its basis in natural fecundity (excess). He argues that the formalization of reason creates an inability to foster differentiated community as expected by both Husserl and Marx and that the formalization of human motility by the regime of value reveals the ontological productivity of natural fecundity, showing that ecology is the contemporary exemplary science. Addressing the crisis requires a philosophy of technology (especially digital technology) and a dialogue between cultural-civilizational lifeworlds, which surpasses Husserl’s assumption that Europe is the home of reason. Angus’s overall conception of phenomenology is Socratic in that it is concerned with the presuppositions and applications of knowledge-forms in their lifeworld grounding. He further shows that the contemporary event is the epochal confrontation between planetary technology and place-based Indigeneity. This book lays out the fundamental concepts of a systematic phenomenological Marxian philosophy.
Ian H. Angus is professor emeritus of humanities at Simon Fraser University.
List of Abbreviations
Part One: Phenomenology and the Crisis of Modern Reason
Introduction: Modern Reason, Crisis, Meaning and Value
Chapter 1 – Overview of the Crisis
Part Two: Objectivism and the Crisis of Value
Chapter 2 – Modern Science and the Problem of Objectivism
Chapter 3 – Galilean Science and the One-Dimensional Lifeworld
Chapter 4 – The Institution of Digital Culture
Chapter 5 – Representation and the Crisis of Value
Concluding Remark to Part Two
Part Three: The Living Body and Ontology of Labor
Chapter 6 – Science and the Lifeworld
Chapter 7 – Ontology of Labor and the Inception of Culture
Chapter 8 – The Regime of Value
Chapter 9 – Technology in Living Labor
Chapter 10 – Nature and the Source of Value
Concluding Remark to Part Three
Part Four: Transcendentality and the Constitution of Worlds
Chapter 11 – The Paradox of Subjectivity and the Transcendental Field
Chapter 12 – Limits of Europe and the Planetary Event
Chapter 13 - America and Philosophy: Planetary Technology and Place-Based Indigeneity
Chapter 14 - Philosophy as Autobiography: A Thankful Critic
Chapter 15 – Excess and Nothing
Concluding Remark to Part Four
Part Five: Self-Responsibility of Humanity as Teleologically Given in Transcendental Phenomenology
Chapter 16 – Self-Responsibility for Humanity and for Oneself
Detailed Table of Contents
"Groundwork of Phenomenological Marxism is an extraordinary tour de force. The passionate and relentlessly erudite scholarship that unfolds on these pages is at once staggeringly wide and impressively deep. Through meticulous yet critical reinterpretations of Husserl and Marx, Ian Angus establishes a systematic parallel that gives an unprecedented boost to phenomenological Marxism as a project of radical critique, and on this basis goes on to develop a powerful and auspicious new philosophical framework for confronting the global crises of the twenty-first century. Angus’s book is an achievement of the highest importance that will inspire many readers for years to come."
"Groundwork of Phenomenological Marxism: Crisis, Body, World is the most important contribution to phenomenological Marxism in decades. Angus shows the similarity between Husserl’s critique of 'Galilean' science and Marx’s value theory, and on that basis develops a phenomenology of digital communication, ecology, and Indigeneity. Critical theorists of all stripes need to read this book."