“How Everything Can Collapse: A Manual for our Times” by Servigne and Stevens

Pablo Servigne and Raphaël Stevens cover a lot of territory in this book. It is clear enough to anyone open to even consider reading it that climate change and other ecological catastrophes are already occurring and will only intensify. This book was published in French in 2015, well before the Covid-19 pandemic. While the origins of this virus [...]

Meta-Politics – a discussion with Layman Pascal on “The Integral Stage”

https://youtu.be/l25bJpqzY_Q META-POLITICS - This is the first episode in a new conversation series between Layman Pascal and Matthew T. Segall. After touching on the deep strangeness of our time, and on the importance of finding a new post/metaphysical nexus for politics, religion, and ecology (a reintegration of the value spheres) Layman and Matt take up [...]

Imagining a Gaian Reality After the Virus

Imagining a Gaian Reality After the Virus by Matthew Segall updated-segall-imagining-a-gaian-reality-after-the-virusDownload What follows is a brief paper outlining a path forward for post-pandemic humanity. It attempts to integrate Marxist critiques of capitalism with the efforts of contemporary Whiteheadian philosophers to compose an alternative ecological civilization.  … https://youtu.be/YUMJ1rlCvPI Audio of this blog post. A specter is haunting [...]

Whitehead and Marx: A Cosmopolitical Approach to Ecological Civilization

Below is a recording of my talk (a video first, then audio only that includes the discussion afterwards). I've also included an extended draft of some notes I took to prepare my talk. Finally, I've included my notes taken while listening to Jason Moore during yesterday's opening lecture. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dESDLeNA84Q https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i32-vWJJSIk& Fifth annual conference of the [...]

Schelling’s Philosophy of Freedom

The following was originally written in 2012 as a chapter in a short book titled Philosophy in a Time of Emergency.  It feels relevant given our current political situation, so I'm sharing it again. The Nature of Human Freedom By Matthew T. Segall The Naturphilosoph comes to understand “Nature as subject.”1 This is not the Kantian [...]

Slavery and Capitalism in America

I'm about halfway through The Half has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (2014) by Edward Baptist. Baptist's book embeds an economic history of post-revolutionary America in the personal stories of slaves. He brings into question the still dominant version of American history, "the half that has ever been told," which argues that slavery [...]

The Ecology of Capitalism

This post is largely in response to this interview with the ecological Marxist John Bellamy Foster. Foster spends most of his time responding to criticisms of his work by Jason W. Moore. I haven't read Moore's work, so I'm not sure whether the misunderstanding of Latour arose with him or with Foster's characterization of the latters "constructionism" [...]

In defense of other possibilities…

I always try to ration myself early in the month since I only get 10 free articles, but Charles Blow's op-ed in the New York Times this morning--"A Trump-Sanders Coalition? Nah"--seemed worth the read. Blow rightly points out why Trump's campaign manager is sorely mistaken about the prospects of winning over Bernie's supporters in the general [...]