Thinking the Political

Thinking the Political : Ernesto Laclau and the Politics of Post-Marxism

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Combining rigorous theoretical debate with a set of articles exploring Ernesto Laclau's thinking of politics, leading international scholars of contemporary radical theory demonstrate the relevance of Laclau's work to conceptualizing the Political and politics. * Part 1 situates Laclau's conceptualisation of the political in the past four decades, both before and after the publication of Hegemony and Socialist Strategy. In particular it reviews Laclau's critique of Marx and Marxism, in order to explore questions not addressed at the time. * Part 2 addresses Laclau's work on Rhetoric and Affect developed in some detail over the past decade. These chapters emphasise the centrality of affect and rhetoric to Laclau's conceptualisation of hegemony, thinking this in relation to the importance of rhetoric to neo-liberal politics, and arguing that rhetorical tropes are central to any thinking of the political. * Part 3 positions Laclau's work in relation to Contemporary Political theory marking his distance and debt from/to Althussser, Schmitt and Wittgenstein respectively. * Part 4 explores Laclau's account of Radical Democracy in relation to contemporary political concerns. Authors address the recent financial crisis; debt in relation to Greek and European politics; the analysis of contemporary capitalism; the politics of the Occupy movement and Latin American more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138915580
  • 9781138915589
  • 1,551,409

About Mark Devenney

Mark Devenney is a Principal Lecturer in Politics and Philosophy, and leads the Humanities Programme degrees at the University of Brighton. His main research interests are in contemporary Political Philosophy, with research expertise on Critical Theory (Adorno and Habermas), contemporary Continental philosophy (notably Agamben, Hardt and Negri, Laclau, Ranciere, Derrida, Zizek and Badiou). He has written about the contemporary critical theory, post Marxism and the Politics of property and is the author of Ethics and Politics in Contemporary Theory (2005) and Towards an Improper Politics (forthcoming).show more

Table of contents

Part 1: Thinking the Political Introduction Mark Devenney 1. 'Thinking the Political' Ernesto Laclau 2. 'On Disarticulation' Urs Staheli 3. Political Ontology as an Ontology of the Political: On Laclau's Philosophical Legacy Oliver Marchart 4. A Critique of the Ontological Primacy of the Political Allan Dreyer Hansen 5. Strategy and the Political Kei Yamamoto Part 2: The Politics of Rhetoric and Affect 6. Affective Subjects, Affecting Politics Jenny Gunnarson 7. Neoliberalism and the Specter of the Political Meghan Sutherland 8. Reinstating Rhetoric in Laclau's Work: Tropology, Genealogy and the Domain of Aberrant Phenomena Christos Pallas Part 3: Engaging with Political Philosophy 9. Laclau and Schmitt on the Political: Some Comparative Remarks Juri Lipping 10. "No such thing'? - Family resemblance between Laclau and Wittgenstein' Daniel Steuer 11. A Dislocation without a Subject: Rethinking Laclau on Althusser Fabio Bruschi Part 4: Radical Democracy Today 12. Populism and emancipation(s): a post-Marxist affirmation of the validity of a Leftist position Paula Biglieri 13. The Politics of Equivalence Mark Devenney 14. Embodiment: Prefigurative Politics and Synecdochal Representation in the Politics of Occupy Mathijs van de Sande 15. Left-wing populism in the European periphery: the case of SYRIZA Yannis Stavrakakis and Giorgio Katsambekis 16. Post-Marxism and 'Post-Hegemony' Jeremy Gilbertshow more