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Sunday, 13 June 2021 - 3:35pm

Published by Matthew Davidson on Sun, 13/06/2021 - 3:35pm in

This week, I have been mostly reading:

RECASP Back Catalogue Now in Full-Text HTML

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Greetings readers. It’s been an interesting month for me, what with Toronto dealing with an explosive 3rd wave of COVID, and me trying to get work done while my 5-year-old daughter does ‘school’ from home. Life has been, shall we say, interesting.

Then, two weeks ago my appendix decided it was time to rupture. That put me in the hospital for a few days, and then home in bed for a few more. I’m now almost fully recovered. But my May writing schedule mostly went to the dogs. I’m currently working on a new piece tentatively called ‘The Ritual of Capitalization’. It’ll take a deep dive into all the quantitative regularities that come from the ritual of capitalizing income. Stay tuned for this piece later in the week.

Although I was laid up for half of the month, May was not a total bust. I did manage to complete a little side project of mine. I’ve converted the entire back catalogue of the Review of Capital as Power (RECASP) into full-text HTML.

Founded as an open-access journal by Tim Di Muzio in 2012, RECASP articles have always been freely available online. But until recently, that meant downloading a PDF. Nice-looking PDFs are still the standard format for scientific papers, just as they were 20 years ago. But the internet has changed around us scientists. Today, half of all internet traffic is on mobile devices. And reading PDFs on a phone sucks.

Because the RECASP catalogue has some important articles that deserve to be widely read, I decided to convert them to HTML. For the techie readers, I used Pandoc for the job. I converted DOCX documents to markdown files, which I then edited for the desired formatting. Then I converted to HTML and pasted it into WordPress. Once I got the production line down, the process was surprisingly fast — about 30 minutes per article. With tech like that, there is literally no need for academic publishers. You can do it yourself with better results at a fraction of the cost.

Anyway, the full-text RECASP catalogue is now up here. For your viewing pleasure, I’ve mirrored the content below. Enjoy.


From Commodities to Assets

Capital as Power and the Ontology of Finance

Jesús Suaste Cherizola

May 2021

Growing Through Sabotage

Energizing Hierarchical Power

Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan

June 2020

The Autocatalytic Sprawl of Pseudorational Mastery

Ulf Martin

May 2019


The Process by which Financial Corporate Power has Risen and Collapsed

Jongchul Kim

September 2018

Theory and Praxis, Theory and Practice, Practical Theory

Corentin DeBailleul, Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan

April 2018

The CasP Project

Past, Present and Future

Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan

April 2018

Putting Power Back Into Growth Theory

Blair Fix

June 2015

Can Capitalists Afford Recovery?

Three Views on Economic Policy in Times of Crisis

Jonathan Nitzan and Shimshon Bichler

October 2014

Wal-Mart’s Power Trajectory

A Contribution to the Political Economy of the Firm

Joseph Baines

March 2014

Francis’ Buy-to-Build Estimates for Britain and the United States

A Comment

Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan

October 2013

The Buy-­to-­Build Indicator

New Estimates for Britain and the United States

Joseph A. Francis

October 2013

America’s Real ‘Debt Dilemma’

Sandy Brian Hager

July 2013

The Rise of a Confident Hollywood

Risk and the Capitalization of Cinema

James McMahon

February 2013

The 1%, Exploitation and Wealth

Tim Di Muzio interviews Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan

Shimshon Bichler, Jonathan Nitzan and Tim Di Muzio

September 2012

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Sunday, 30 May 2021 - 8:53am

Published by Matthew Davidson on Sun, 30/05/2021 - 8:53am in

This week, I have been mostly reading:

Sunday, 9 May 2021 - 2:48pm

Published by Matthew Davidson on Sun, 09/05/2021 - 2:48pm in

This week, I have been mostly reading:

Sunday, 11 April 2021 - 11:24am

Published by Matthew Davidson on Sun, 11/04/2021 - 11:24am in

Lately, I have been mostly reading:

Free little library. Annandale.

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Books, library, reading

Free little library. Annandale.

Unconventional Readings in Undergraduate Philosophy Courses

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Plato? Check. Descartes? Check. Hume? Check….

The typical introductory level undergraduate philosophy course will have a reading list of rather familiar historical and contemporary philosophers. That makes sense—they’re philosophy courses, after all, and the philosophers we’re familiar with are familiar to us because of the value so many people have found in their works.

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But not all valuable works are popularly recognized as such. There are probably all sorts of texts that would be suitable for a variety of  philosophy courses that most philosophy professors haven’t thought to include.

Brandon Boesch, assistant professor of philosophy at Morningside College, would like to hear about them. He sent in a question for the readers of Daily Nous:

What is an ‘unconventional’ reading that you enjoy teaching in undergraduate courses that others might want to be aware of?

What’s an “unconventional” reading? Let’s err on the side of inclusivity: if you’re not sure whether a reading is unconventional for a philosophy course, assume for the purposes of commenting here that it is. Dr. Boesch offers a couple of examples:

I teach David Foster Wallace’s essay “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again” in an intro level class and use it to talk about our relationship with leisure and the role of leisure in human life. When I’ve talked to others, I’ve gotten really cool recommendations that I’ve incorporated into my classes, including Stephen Jay Gould’s “The Median Isn’t the Message“. 

Readers, please tell us about the unconventional readings you assign—title, author, and a brief explanation of why you teach them. Thanks!

Related: Philosophy Data from the Open Syllabus ProjectA Flowchart of Philosophical Novels and StoriesDiversity Reading List for PhilosophyA Collection of Stories for Teaching Ethics

Sunday, 21 February 2021 - 12:12pm

Published by Matthew Davidson on Sun, 21/02/2021 - 12:12pm in

This fortnight, I have been mostly reading:

Sunday, 7 February 2021 - 5:05pm

Published by Matthew Davidson on Sun, 07/02/2021 - 5:05pm in

In the last few months, I have been mostly reading newspaper headlines:

Sunday, 13 December 2020 - 5:29pm

Published by Matthew Davidson on Sun, 13/12/2020 - 5:29pm in

This who-knows-for-how-long, I have been mostly reading: