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Winners of our Radical Thinkers competition!

Verso Books29 February 2016

Winners of our Radical Thinkers competition!

To launch Set 12 in our Radical Thinkers series, we ran a competition last week to win a copy of every available book published in the series so far.

Two SUPER WINNERS will be sent a copy of every single Radical Thinkers book we currently have in stock. That's well over 100 books covering everything from the development of US capitalism since 1945 and studies on Freudian metapsychology to classic theory from the likes of Judith Butler, Alain Badiou and Louis Althusser!

A further 6 runners up will win the new set—featuring Ellen Meiksins Wood, Judith Butler, Norman Geras, OSkar Negt and Alexander Kluge.

Thank you to everyone who entered, and a huge congratulations to the following:


Winner: Colin Vanderburg

Runners-up: Jeremy Fisher, Rebecca Thursten, Milos Jovanovic

Rest of World:

Winner: Esther Leslie

Runners-up: David Xiong, Simon Angseop Lee, Halil Gurhanli


Wednesday’s questions

1) In Democracy Against Capitalism Ellen Meiksins Wood attempts to draw a Marxist theory of class from the work of which British Marxist historian?

EP Thompson

2) Who does Judith Butler cite as having argued that photographic images have lost their power to enrage and incite?

Susan Sontag

3) As well as being one of Germany's most famous writers and intellectuals, Alexander Kluge was also one of it's most pioneering filmmakers. Kluge was an original signatory of the Oberhausen Manifesto which inaugurated the New German Cinema movement. One of the movements classic films is the collectively produced and directed Germany in Autumn. The film also features a nude scene featuring which famous German filmmaker?


4) As noted by Norman Geras, who was Marx criticizing as not seeing that “religious sentiment” is itself a social product, not to be confused with the abstracted individual belonging to a particular form of society?


Thursday’s questions

1) Which political philosopher does Ellen Meiksins Wood call "the most extreme example of contradictions that constituted nineteenth-century liberalism”?

JS Mill

2) Which series of photos, when released in the US, did conservative television pundits argue that it would be un-American to broadcast?

Abu Gharib

3) What spiritual construct was regarded by Marx as something that wanted to free us from determination by nature only because it regarded nature as not belonging to us?


4) Alexander Kluge, in a series of interviews with the playwright Heiner Müller, claimed that which philosopher masturbated against a tree on his weekly walk?


Friday’s questions

1) Which famous right-wing politician favourably reviewed Ellen Meiksins Wood's book on democracy in Ancient Greece, Peasant-Citizen and Slave, in 1988?

Enoch Powell

2) Norman Geras, as well as being being a scholar of Marx and a cricket fanatic, was one of the principle authors of which political manifesto?

Euston Manifesto

3) Which famous philosopher cited by Butler, drew on the work of Spinoza to argue that there can be different modalities of materiality


4) Alexander Kluge collaborated with which famous German photographer and artist for a book originally published in 2010

Gerhard Richter

Thank you to everyone who took part and apologies if you didn't win this time! Full competition details can be found here.

Our Radical Thinkers series publishes beautifully designed and affordable editions of important works of theory and philosophy. Covering a full spectrum of critical thought, the series includes work from radical thinkers such as Walter Benjamin, Judith Butler, Jean Baudrillard, Guy Debord, Georg Lukács, Gillian Rose, Jean-Paul Sartre, Theodor Adorno and many more.

Set 12 features 4 classic works of political theory including Ellen Meiksins Wood's reinvigoration of historical materialism in Democracy Against Capitalism, Judith Butler on contemporary violence in Frames of War, Norman Geras's classic account of Marx on human nature, and Negt and Kluge's seminal critique of liberalism in Public Sphere and Experience.

See more here.

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