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The New Way of the World

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The New Way of the World

On Neo-Liberal Society

By Pierre Dardot; Christian Laval; Gregory Elliott (Translator)

Verso, Hardcover, 9781781681763, 337pp.

Publication Date: February 4, 2014

What is new about neoliberalism?Pierre Dardotand Christian Laval contendthat it is more than just a neweconomic paradigm it is asystem for transforming thehuman subject. Rather thana return to classic liberalism, or the restoration of a pure, unconstrained market, neoliberalism envisages themodern corporation as amodel for government, conjuring a future in whichsociety is nothing other thana web of market-basedrelations.
Cutting through contemporarymisunderstandingsabout its genesis andprevalence, Dardot andLaval distil neoliberalismto its core meaning andexamine how it might bechallenged on new politicaland intellectual terms.

About the Author
Pierre Dardot is a philosopher and specialistin Hegel and Marx. His previous books include

" Sauver Marx?: Empire, multitude, travail immateriel"(with Christian Laval and El Mouhoub Mouhoud)and "Marx, prenom: Karl" (with Christian Laval).

Christian Laval is Professor of Sociology at theUniversite Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense. His

other books include" L Ambition sociologique: Saint-Simon, Comte, Tocqueville, Marx, Durkheim,

Weber";" Jeremy Bentham: Les artifices ducapitalisme";" L ecole n est pas une entreprise: Le neo-liberalisme a l assaut de l enseignementpublic"; and "L Homme economique: Essai sur les

racines du neoliberalisme.""

Praise For The New Way of the World

"The New Way of the World is the best modern realization of Foucault’s pioneering approach to the history of neoliberalism. It wonderfully explores the European roots and branches of the neoliberal thought collective over the twentieth century, and warns that unthinking misrepresentations of its
political project as espousing ‘laissezfaire’ has had the effect of allowing the Left to submit to its siren song. Philip Mirowski, author of Science-Mart and Never Let a Serious Crisis go to Waste

“To understand these debates [on neoliberalism], the book by Christian Laval and Pierre Dardot on the ‘neoliberal society’ offers us analytical keys. This monument of scholarship draws on the history of ideas, philosophy and sociology.” —Le Monde

“Extremely scholarly, this book is an insistent invitation to push theoretical and social critique of the present order beyond the standard analyses.” —Le Monde diplomatique