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Idea of Communism, The - Slavoj and Douzinas, Costas (ed) Zizek

Paperback Published: 13th December 2010
ISBN: 9781844674596
Number Of Pages: 224

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Responding to Alain Badiou's 'communist hypothesis', the leading political philosophers of the Left convened in London in 2009 to take part in a landmark conference to discuss the perpetual, persistent notion that, in a truly emancipated society, all things should be owned in common. This volume brings together their discussions on the philosophical and political import of the communist idea, highlighting both its continuing significance and the need to reconfigure the concept within a world marked by havoc and crisis.

Costas Douzinas is Professor of Law and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London.

Slavoj ŽiPek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Separating the promise of communism from the disasters of the twentieth century is no easy task. But it feels necessary. Already we know that choices will have to be made and sides taken. Impending ecological disaster suggests that this could be our last chance to do so. If another world is possible, it will happen in action, not abstract theory. The first choice is very simple: to begin. Guardian

Introduction: The Idea of Communismp. vii
The Idea of Communismp. 1
To Present Oneself to the Present. The Communist Hypothesis: a Possible Hypothesis for Philosophy, an Impossible Name for Politics?p. 15
The Leftist Hypothesis: Communism in the Age of Terrorp. 33
The Second Time as Farce ... Historical Pragmatics and the Untimely Presentp. 67
Adikia: On Communism and Rightsp. 81
Communism: Lear or Gonzalo?p. 101
'Communism of the Intellect, Communism of the Will'p. 111
The Common in Communismp. 131
Communism, the Wordp. 145
Communism: Some Thoughts on the Concept and Practicep. 155
Communists Without Communism?p. 167
Did the Cultural Revolution End Communism? Eight Remarks on Philosophy and Politics Todayp. 179
The Politics of Abstraction: Communism and Philosophyp. 195
Weak Communism?p. 205
How to Begin from the Beginningp. 209
Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9781844674596
ISBN-10: 1844674592
Audience: BAG
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 13th December 2010
Publisher: Verso Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1