The Political Philosophy of Poststructuralist Anarchism

The Political Philosophy of Poststructuralist Anarchism

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The political writings of the French poststructuralists have eluded articulation in the broader framework of general political philosophy primarily because of the pervasive tendency to define politics along a single parameter: the balance between state power and individual rights in liberalism and the focus on economic justice as a goal in Marxism. What poststructuralists like Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Jean-Francois Lyotard offer instead is a political philosophy that can be called tactical: it emphasizes that power emerges from many different sources and operates along many different registers. This approach has roots in traditional anarchist thought, which sees the social and political field as a network of intertwined practices with overlapping political effects. The poststructuralist approach, however, eschews two questionable assumptions of anarchism, that human beings have an (essentially benign) essence and that power is always repressive, never productive.

After positioning poststructuralist political thought against the background of Marxism and the traditional anarchism of Bakunin, Kropotkin, and Proudhon, Todd May shows what a tactical political philosophy like anarchism looks like shorn of its humanist commitments-namely, a poststructuralist anarchism. The book concludes with a defense, contra Habermas and Critical Theory, of poststructuralist political thought as having a metaethical structure allowing for positive ethical commitments.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13mm | 299g
  • Pennsylvania, United States
  • English
  • 0271028890
  • 9780271028897
  • 606,916

About Todd May

Todd May is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Clemson University and author of Between Genealogy and Epistemology: Psychology, Politics, and Knowledge in the Thought of Michel Foucault (Penn State, 1993).
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