Dr. Richard Gilman-Opalsky’s teaching and research focus on the history of political philosophy, Continental and contemporary social theory, Marxism, capitalism, autonomist politics, postmodern philosophy, critical theory, global social movements, feminist philosophy, and the public sphere. Dr. Gilman-Opalsky earned his Ph.D. in Political Science at The New School for Social Research (2006). His M.A. (The New School for Social Research) and B.A. (Hofstra University) are in Philosophy. He is author of six books: The Communism of Love (2020), Riotous Epistemology (2019), Specters of Revolt (2016), Precarious Communism (2014), Spectacular Capitalism (2011), and Unbounded Publics (2008). He is co-editor of Against Capital in the Twenty-First Century: A Reader of Radical Undercurrents (2018). Spectacular Capitalism was selected as "Book of the Month" for October 2011 by The International Herbert Marcuse Society. Dr. Gilman-Opalsky has published numerous articles on social theory and political philosophy, especially on theories of revolution, contentious politics, philosophy of praxis, and on capitalism and its culture. He has lectured on his research throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America, and China. His work has been published in German, Greek, Spanish, and French.
- Dr. Gilman-Opalsky was named University Scholar 2018-2019.
The Communism of Love: An Inquiry into the Poverty of Exchange Value (AK Press, 2020).
Riotous Epistemology: Imaginary Power, Art, and Insurrection (Autonomedia / Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, 2019).
Against Capital in the Twenty-First Century: A Reader of Radical Undercurrents (Temple University Press, 2018).
Specters of Revolt: On the Intellect of Insurrection and Philosophy from Below (Repeater Books / Random House, 2016).
Precarious Communism: Manifest Mutations, Manifesto Detourned (Autonomedia, 2014).
Spectacular Capitalism: Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy (Autonomedia, 2011). Also available in Greek translation.
Unbounded Publics: Transgressive Public Spheres, Zapatismo, and Political Theory (Lexington Books, 2008).
- SELECTED ARTICLES
Spectral Compositions in a Time of Revolt [Co-authored with Stevphen Shukaitis] (Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present/ASAP Journal, Johns Hopkins University Press, May 2018.
Revolt as Reason, Reason as Revolt: On the Praxis of Philosophy from Below (In Spontaneous Combustion: The Eros Effect and Global Revolution, Edited by Jason Del Gandio and AK Thompson, SUNY Press, 2017).
Marxism Not Statism: Autonomist Trajectories in the 21st Century (Left Curve: Journal of Art, Critical Culture, Theory and Politics, Number 38, June 2014).
The Reasonable “Madness” of Revolt (Fifth Estate, Volume 48, Number 2, Issue 390, Fall/Winter 2013).
Becoming-Ghost, Specters of Revolt: The Ghosts of Geist and Capital (Solidarité: Journal of Radical Theory, Volume 1, Number 2, August 2013).
Unjamming the Insurrectionary Imagination: Rescuing Détournement from the Liberal Complacencies of Culture Jamming (Theory in Action, Volume 6, Number 3, July 2013).
Beyond the Old Virtue of Struggle: Autonomy, Talent, and Revolutionary Theory (Rhizomes Journal, Issue 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, 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).
Selectively Forgetting Baudrillard: Rescuing Praxis from the Wreckage (Theory in Action, Volume 3, Number 2, April 2010).
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