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Clipped Coins, Abused Words, and Civil Government

Clipped Coins, Abused Words, and Civil Government

John Locke’s Philosophy of Money

George Caffentzis

A classic examination of John Locke's philosophy of economics, language and history

This is the first volume in a career defining trilogy of works by George Caffentzis. The book situates John Locke's philosophy of knowledge and his political theory within his engagement in British monetary debates of the 17th and 18th century.

Anchored in extensive archival research, Caffentzis offers the most expansive reading of Locke's work to date, contextualising it within the expansion of capitalist accumulation on a world scale and the universality of money as a medium of exchange.

Updated with a new author's preface, a foreword by Peter Linebaugh and an editorial introduction by Paul Rekret, Clipped Coins, Abused Words & Civil Governmentmises to make a significant intervention in contemporary debates around the history of capitalism, colonialism, and philosophy.

George Caffentzis is a co-founder of the Midnight Notes Collective and coordinator of the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa (CAFA). Caffentzis was a professor of philosophy at the University of Southern Maine for over thirty years before retirement. His previous publications include In Letters of Blood and Fire: Work, Machines, and the Crisis of Capitalism (Brooklyn: Common Notions, 2013).

'Caffentzis is a practical philosopher and a pure teacher. His reasoning even at its most abstract always tends to the political. The street is his classroom. This is truly vulgar Marxism, that is, it is a critique by, with, and for the vulgus, or common people (you and I)' - Peter Linebaugh, author of 'The Magna Carta Manifesto' (University of California Press, 2008)

Foreword - Peter Linebaugh (University of Toledo)
Editorial Introduction: Cogito Ergo Habo: Philosophy, Money, and Method - Paul Rekret (Richmond American International University)
Author's Introduction
1. Clipped Coins
2. Civil Government
3. Abused Words
Conclusion: Weaving an Organ
Published by Pluto Press in Jul 2021
Paperback ISBN: 9780745342078
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745342054
eBook ISBN: 9781786807694

192 pages

135mm x 215mm