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Fictive Theories : Towards a Deconstructive and Utopian Political Imagination - S. McManus

Fictive Theories

Towards a Deconstructive and Utopian Political Imagination

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Published: 1st April 2005
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Fictive Theories is a significant and innovative intervention in key debates in political theory concerning the ways theory should be philosophically grounded, and the task that political theory should set itself. Susan McManus argues that political theory has been grounded in controlling fictions (from fictions of human nature, to morals laws) that function to close possibility. Starting by interrogating the often hidden work of fictions in political theories, she argues that all theorizing is a form of world-creating. Rather than hiding the fictions at work in political theory, McManus argues that theory should become self-consciously fictive, and that there are political and ethical advantages to so doing. She then develops a uniquely deconstructive and utopian understanding of the project of political theory grounded in the 'fictive': a creative and future-oriented imagination. Rather than seeking to provide blueprints of how a polity should be organized, fictive theories seek to fabricate futures through the anticipatory articulation of possibility. Drawing on a rich range of thinkers from the traditions of political theory (Hobbes, Rousseau, Kant), deconstructive theory (Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida) and utopian studies (Ernst Bloch), this book will be of interest to researchers, teachers and students in the fields of political theory, utopian studies, literary theory and cultural studies.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Politics of Fictive Theories
Reading/Writing/Theory
Speculative Beginnings
Hobbes
The Impossible Narrative of Nature
Rousseau
Conceiving the Inconceivable
Excursus
'mere high-flown fantasy...'? (Kant on Holiday)
Fictions of Self-Evidence
Stirner, Marx, Derrida
Beyond the Material/Utopian
Epiphany and/or Politics? Nietzsche
Fabricating the Future(s)
Bloch's Utopian Imagination
Fictive Theories
Towards a Conclusion
Creative Epistemologies of Possibility
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ISBN: 9781403966681
ISBN-10: 1403966680
Series: Studies in European Culture and History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 227
Published: 1st April 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1