Why do people work for other people? This seemingly naïve question is at
the heart of Lordon's argument. To complement Marx's partial answers,
especially in the face of the disconcerting spectacle of the engaged,
enthusiastic employee, Lordon brings to bear a "Spinozist anthropology"
that reveals the fundamental role of affects and passions in the
employment relationship, reconceptualizing capitalist exploitation as
the capture and remolding of desire. A thoroughly materialist reading of
Spinoza's Ethics allows Lordon to debunk all notions of individual
autonomy and self-determination while simultaneously saving the ideas of
political freedom and liberation from capitalist exploitation. Willing
Slaves of Capital is a bold proposal to rethink capitalism and its
transcendence on the basis of the contemporary experience of work.