The Bad Faith in the Free Market

The Radical Promise of Existential Freedom

Authors: Bloom, Peter

    • Argues that market freedom holds back the potential for the achievement of radical existential freedom
    • Reveals the continued philosophical relevance of existentialism for analyzing and concretely challenging the current neoliberal status quo as well as capitalism generally
    • Constructs a new critical 'method' for creating the structural, cultural and psychological conditions of possibility for realizing this radical existential freedom
    • Innovatively draws upon the traditions of existentialism, Marxism, post-structuralism and psychoanalysis by, respectively, combining the insights of Sartre, Marx, Foucault and Lacan
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Innovatively combining existentialist philosophy with cutting edge post-structuralist and psychoanalytic perspectives, this book boldly reconsiders market freedom. Bloom argues that present day capitalism has robbed us of our individual and collective ability to imagine and implement alternative and more progressive economic and social systems; it has deprived us of our radical freedom to choose how we live and what we can become.

Since the Great Recession, capitalism has been increasingly blamed for rising inequality and feelings of mass social and political alienation. In place of a deeper liberty, the free market offers subjects the opportunity to continually reinvest their personal and shared hopes within its dogmatic ideology and policies. This embrace helps to temporarily alleviate growing feelings of anxiety and insecurity at the expense of our fundamental human agency. What has become abundantly clear is that the free market is anything but free.

Here, Bloom exposes our present day bad faith in the free market and how we can break free from it.

About the authors

Peter Bloom is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of People and Organisations at the Open University, UK. His primary research interests include ideology, subjectivity and power, specifically as they relate to broader discourses and everyday practices of capitalism and democracy. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • The Bad Faith in the Free Market: The Need for Existential Freedom

    Bloom, Peter

    Pages 1-17

  • Breaking Free from the Free Market: The Existential Gap of Freedom

    Bloom, Peter

    Pages 19-40

  • Capitalism’s Existential Crisis: Producing Existential Freedom

    Bloom, Peter

    Pages 41-64

  • The Facticities of Neoliberalism: Demanding Existential Freedom

    Bloom, Peter

    Pages 65-89

  • Capitalist Being and Nothingness: Enjoying Existential Freedom

    Bloom, Peter

    Pages 91-115

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eBook $84.99
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Hardcover $109.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-76501-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Bad Faith in the Free Market
Book Subtitle
The Radical Promise of Existential Freedom
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-76502-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-76502-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-76501-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 191
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