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David Harvey on Infrastructure, Smart Cities, and Sharing Economics

On November 14, 2016 — as part of the Barcelona Initiative for Technological Sovereignty (BITS) — David Harvey sat down with Evgeny Morozov to discuss Trump’s election and what it means for neoliberalism and infrastructure; as well as technologies of value extraction in contemporary cities. From David Harvey, ‘The Urban Process Under Capitalism‘: Within the framework of capitalism, I hang my interpretation of the urban process on the twin themes of accumulation and class struggle. The two themes are integral to each other and have to be regarded as different sides of the same coin – different windows from which to view the totality of capitalist activity. The class character of capitalist society means the domination of labour by capital. Put more concretely, a class of capitalists is in command of the work process and organizes that process for the purposes of producing profit. The labourer, on the other hand, has command only over his or her labour power which must be sold as a commodity on the market. The domination arises because the labourer must yield the capitalist a profit (surplus value) in return for a living wage. All of this is extremely simplistic, of course, and actual class relations (and relations between factions of classes) within an actual system of production (comprising production, services, necessary costs of circulation, distribution, exchange, etc.) are David Harvey highly complex. The essential marxian insight, however, is that profit arises out of the domination of labour by capital and that the capitalists as a class must, if they are... -

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quote of the day "Words had separated me from my body. The sun released me. Greece cured my self-hatred and awoke a will to health. I saw that beauty and ethics were one and the same. Creating a beautiful work of art and a beautiful oneself are identical." - Yukio Mishima After Nature -


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Mental Representation [Revised entry by David Pitt on January 21, 2020. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The notion of a "mental representation" is, arguably, in the first instance a theoretical construct of cognitive science. As such, it is a basic concept of the Computational Theory of Mind, according to which cognitive states and processes are constituted by the occurrence, transformation and storage (in the mind/brain) of information-bearing structures (representations) of one kind or another.... Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy -


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An argument against time travel or for temporal parts or for internal time Start with this plausible claim: If two objects are composed of the very same particles at the same time, then they have the same shape. But now consider a statue of a horse that is reshaped into a statue of a tree and then time-travels back to sit besides the statue of the horse. Then the statue of the horse and the statue of the tree are composed of the very same particles at the... Alexander Pruss -


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David Harvey on Infrastructure, Smart Cities, and Sharing Economics On November 14, 2016 — as part of the Barcelona Initiative for Technological Sovereignty (BITS) — David Harvey sat down with Evgeny Morozov to discuss Trump’s election and what it means for neoliberalism and infrastructure; as well as technologies of value extraction in contemporary cities. From David Harvey, ‘The Urban Process Under Capitalism‘: Within the framework of capitalism, I hang my interpretation of the urban process on the twin themes of accumulation and class struggle. The two themes are integral to... Synthetic Zero -


Epistemology [Revised entry by Matthias Steup and Ram Neta on January 15, 2020. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] The term "epistemology" comes from the Greek words "episteme" and "logos". "Episteme" can be translated as "knowledge" or "understanding" or "acquaintance", while "logos" can be translated as "account" or "argument" or "reason". Just as each of these different translations captures some facet of the meaning of these Greek terms, so too does each translation capture a different... Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy -


3. Reducing the Phenomenal The phenomenal concept strategy has been pursued by many different authors. The basic idea is to explain the problematic thought experiments (zombies, Mary, and the explanatory gap) in terms of the distinctive set of concepts we can use when thinking about our own access-conscious nonconceptual mental states. People differ over how they think phenomenal concepts should be characterized for this purpose, however. I once used to think of them as recognitional concepts for our own... Brains Blog -


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Is Art Still a Vehicle for Progress? Jeff Koons started to produce his inflatable objects as a critique of American consumerism in the 1970s. Consumerism continues to flourish in the US today, as it does in all Western capitalist countries, but with one of Koons’ inflatables recently selling for $91million (the most expensive work by a living artist ever to be sold at auction), has the artist’s work become a symptom of the very order he meant to critique?Artists are a sort... IAI.tv -


Self, Others and the State: Relations of Criminal Responsibility Today's post is by Arlie Loughnan who is Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Law Theory and Co-Director of the Institute of Criminology at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Manifest Madness: Mental Incapacity in Criminal Law (OUP 2012).Criminal responsibility – the basis on which individuals are called to account for criminal conduct, and the form or structure of the criminal law – is now central to criminal law, but it is... Imperfect Cognitions -


THROWBACK MOVIE REVIEW: VARIETY (1983) BY BETTE GORDON Today, we’re starting a new series. On the first Monday of each month, Francey Russell (Barnard/Columbia) will offer a philosophical reflection on film: a single film, a director, a technique, a genre, an author, etc. Plots will be discussed, hence spoilers. By way of introduction, Francey works primarily on moral psychology and is writing a book on the topic of self-opacity. She is also working a project on genre and representations of human agency, focusing... Aesthetics for Birds -


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Discontinuity Thesis: A ‘Birds of a Feather’ Argument Against Intentionalism* A hallmark of intentional phenomena is what might be called ‘discontinuity,’ the idea that the intentional somehow stands outside the contingent natural order, that it possesses some as-yet-occult ‘orthogonal efficacy.’ Here’s how some prominent intentionalists characterize it: “Scholars who study intentional phenomena generally tend to consider them as processes and relationships that can be characterized irrespective of any physical objects, material changes, or motive forces. But this is exactly what poses a fundamental problem for... 3 Pound Brain -


A Philosopher’s Lifelong Search for Meaning – Table of Contents (Author’s note. This is a table of contents for my posts last year about life and meaning. You can click on the links below to read any part of those essays.) TABLE OF CONTENTS Preface Part 1 – Life and Meaning  Two Questions about Life and Meaning What Do We Mean by Meaning? Should We Ask About Meaning? Part 2 – Religion and Meaning Western Religions: Are They True? Western Religions: Are They Good? Western... Reason and Meaning -


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