From Bakunin to Lacan : Anti-Authoritarianism and the Dislocation of Power
In its comparison of anarchist and poststructuralist thought, From Bakunin to Lacan contends that the most pressing political problem we face today is the proliferation and intensification of power. Saul Newman targets the tendency of radical political theories and movements to reaffirm power and authority, in different guises, in their very attempt to overcome it. In his examination of thinkers such as Bakunin, Lacan, Stirner, and Foucault Newman explores important epistemological, ontological, and political questions: Is the essential human subject the point of departure from which power and authority can be opposed? Or, is the humanist subject itself a site of domination that must be unmasked? As it deftly charts this debate's paths of emergence in political thought, the book illustrates how the question of essential identities defines and re-defines the limits and possibilities of radical politics today.
- Hardback | 208 pages
- 154.9 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 430.92g
- 11 Apr 2001
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Marxism and the Problem of Power Chapter 4 Anarchism Chapter 5 Stirner and the Politics of Ego Chapter 6 Foucault and the Geneology of Power Chapter 7 The War Machine: Deleuze and Guattari Chapter 8 Derrida and the Deconstruction of Authority Chapter 9 Lack of the Outside/Outside of the Lack: (Mis)Reading Lacan Chapter 10 Towards a Politics of Post-Anarchism
Newman seems to me to be right on target in seeing anarchism rather than Marxism as the proper jumping-off point for progressive political theory. I recommend the book highly to scholars of progressive thought. -- Tod May, Clemson University This is an intriguing and ambitious addition to the now growing literature attempting to recuperate, or at least reappraise, the legacy of anarchism for the development of anti-authoritarian, post-Marxian, yet still radical politics... [A] fascinating and well-written book. Contemporary Political Theory
About Saul Newman
Saul Newman is senior lecturer in politics at Goldsmiths College, University of London.