Debord, Time and Spectacle: Hegelian Marxism and Situationist Theory

11th Apr, 2019

Debord, Time and Spectacle: Hegelian Marxism and Situationist Theory

Tom Bunyard

• $28 / £24.99 • 9781608460793 • 430 Pages

Historical Materialism, new in paperback catalogue: https://we.tl/t-DNvshoI187

A detailed philosophical study of the theoretical work of Guy Debord and the Situationist International that helps to uncover a philosophy of praxis that remains useful today.

In Debord, Time and Spectacle, Tom Bunyard provides a detailed philosophical study of the theoretical work of Guy Debord and the Situationist International. Drawing on evidence from Debord’s books, films, letters, and notes, Bunyard reconstructs the Hegelian and Marxian ideas that support Debord’s central concept of 'spectacle’. This affords a reconsideration of Debord’s theoretical claims, and a reinterpretation of his broader work that foregrounds his concerns with history and lived time. By bringing situationist theory into dialogue with recent reinterpretations of Marx, this book also identifies problems in Debord’s critique of capitalism. It argues, however, that the conceptions of temporality and spectacle that support that critique amount to a philosophy of praxis that remains relevant today.

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Tom Bunyard, PhD (2012), Goldsmiths, is a senior lecturer in the Humanities Programme at the University of Brighton. He has published several articles on the relationship between Debord, Hegel, and Marx, and works on critical theory and philosophy of history.

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