Richard Gilman-Opalsky earned his Ph.D. in Political Science at The New School for Social Research in 2006. His MA (The New School for Social Research) and BA (Hofstra University) are in Philosophy.
Dr. Gilman-Opalsky’s teaching areas and research interests include the history of Western political philosophy, Continental and contemporary political theory, Marxism and socialist philosophy, globalization, cosmopolitanism, critical theory, postmodern philosophy, social theory, social movements, and feminist philosophy. Dr. Gilman-Opalsky’s recent research has focused on French theorist Guy Debord and autonomist politics, and also on Jürgen Habermas and theories of the public sphere. He is interested in different ways of understanding the roles of ideology and discourse in light of contemporary problems and transnational politics.
Many of these themes are addressed in his books, Spectactular Capitalism: Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy (Autonomedia) and Unbounded Publics: Transgressive Public Spheres, Zapatismo, and Political Theory (Lexington Books).
DR. GILMAN-OPALSKY’S ARTICLES INCLUDE:
The Eternal Recurrence of Insurrection (Left Curve: Journal of Art, Critical Culture, Theory and Politics, Number 36, April 2012).
Beyond the Old Virtue of Struggle: Autonomy, Talent, and Revolutionary Theory (Rhizomes Journal, Number 24, 2012).
Why New Socialist Theory Needs Guy Debord: On the Practice of Radical Philosophy (Crisis, Politics, and Critical Sociology, Edited by Graham Cassano and Richard A. Dello Buono, paperback edition of Studies in Critical Social Sciences, Volume 17, Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2012).
Upheaval as Philosophy: Eleven Theses on Guy Debord (Left Curve: Journal of Art, Critical Culture, Theory and Politics, Number 35, April 2011).
Instabilities and Critical Opportunities: Guy Debord’s Contributions to Crisis Theory (TELOSscope, February 4, 2011).
Selectively Forgetting Baudrillard: Rescuing Praxis from the Wreckage (Theory in Action, Volume 3, Number 2, April 2010).
Why New Socialist Theory Needs Guy Debord: On the Practice of Radical Philosophy (Studies in Critical Social Sciences, Volume 17, 2010).
Freejazz and Other Insurrections: Reflections on Radical Listening (Fifth Estate, Volume 44, Number 2, Summer/Fall 2009).
Guy Debord and Ideology Materialized: Reconsidering Situationist Praxis (Theory in Action, Volume 1, Number 4, October 2008).
SOME WEB LINKS:
Radio Piece on Spectacular Capitalism