Negativity and Democracy

Negativity and Democracy : Marxism and the Critical Theory Tradition

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The current political climate of uncompromising neoliberalism means that the need to study the logic of our culture-that is, the logic of the capitalist system-is compelling. Providing a rich philosophical analysis of democracy from a negative, non-identity, dialectical perspective, Vasilis Grollios encourages the reader not to think of democracy as a call for a more effective domination of the people or as a demand for the replacement of the elite that currently holds power. In doing so, he aspires to fill in a gap in the literature by offering an out-of-the-mainstream overview of the key concepts of totality, negativity, fetishization, contradiction, identity thinking, dialectics and corporeal materialism as they have been employed by the major thinkers of the critical theory tradition: Marx, Engels, Horkheimer, Lukacs, Adorno, Marcuse, Bloch and Holloway. Their thinking had the following common keywords: contradiction, fetishism as a process and the notion of spell and all its implications. The author makes an innovative attempt to bring these concepts to light in terms of their practical relevance for contemporary democratic more

Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.32mm | 550g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138886467
  • 9781138886469

Review quote

How do we get out of here? We know that capitalism is a catastrophe for humanity, but we seem to be trapped. All our struggles seem to lead us back to the same starting point: the reproduction, in one way or another, of the logic of capital, the logic of death and destruction. We desperately need to break the grammar of capital, the conceptual and organisational framework that leads us round and round in circles. That is why Vasilis Grollios's book is so important. It is not just an excellent development of an intellectual tradition: it confronts us with the need to break deadening, death-bringing mainstream theory. Read it. -John Holloway, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Pueblashow more

About Vasilis Grollios

Vasilis Grollios is an independent postdoctoral researcher in political more

Table of contents

Contents Foreword Werner Bonefeld Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1: Marx and Engels's Critique of Democracy: The Materialist Character of their Concept of Autonomy Chapter 2: Dialectics and the Transition to Socialism in Late F. Engels's Philosophy of History: Freeing Marx from the 'Withering Away of the State' theory Chapter 3: Max Horkheimer's Dialectics Rehabilitated: How Horkheimer's 'Open Marxism' Cracks Capitalism Chapter 4: Dialectics and Democracy in Georg Lukacs' Marxism Chapter 5: False Social Totality and the Ineffable Integrity in T. Adorno's Negative Dialectics: The Critical Theorist and the Challenges of the 21st Century Chapter 6: Determinate Negation of the One-dimensional Society: How Herbert Marcuse's Great Refusal Cracks Capitalism Chapter 7: Finding Hope in the Nihilism of Bourgeois Life. Ernst Bloch's Open Marxism Reconsidered Chapter 8: The Descendants of Negative Dialectics. Dialectics and Democracy in Open Marxismshow more