News from Nowhere, or an Epoch of Rest

  • Alastair Hemmens
Part of the Studies in Revolution and Literature book series (SRL)


The Conclusion considers the lessons that contemporary critical thinkers can draw from the intellectual history of the critique of work in France and suggests a potential new direction for contemporary social movements in the context of the crisis of capitalism. It does so by reiterating the fundamental tension between a purely phenomenological and a categorical critique of work that has accompanied anti-work debates since their beginning. Summarising the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches, the chapter concludes that today it is the categorical critique that embodies the most realistic way forward for social emancipation.

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  • Alastair Hemmens
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  1. 1.Cardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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