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Laclau : A Critical Reader - Simon Critchley


A Critical Reader

By: Simon Critchley (Editor), Oliver Marchart (Editor)

Paperback Published: 26th August 2004
ISBN: 9780415238441
Number Of Pages: 368

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Over the last thirty years, the work of the political theorist Ernesto Laclau has reinvigorated radical political and social theory. Taking concepts previously ignored or unused within mainstream political theory, such as the political, hegemony, discourse, identity, and representation, he has made them fundamental to thinking about politics and social theory. Resisting the dead end of postmodern politics, his work has drawn in stimulating ways on Gramscian, poststructuralist and psychoanalytic theory. Laclau: A Critical Reader is the first full-length critical appraisal of Laclau's work and includes contributions from several leading philosophers and theorists. The first section examines Laclau's theory that the contest between universalism and particularism provides much of the philosophical background to political and social struggle, taking up the important place accorded to, amongst others, Hegel and Lacan in Laclau's work. The second section of the book considers what Laclau's 'radical democracy' might look like and reflects on its ethical implications, particularly in relation to Laclau's post-Marxism and thinkers such as Jurgen Habermas. The final section investigates the place of hegemony in Laclau's work, the idea for which he is perhaps best-known. This stimulating collection also includes replies to his critics by Laclau and the important exchange between Laclau and Judith Butler on equality, making it an excellent companion to Laclau's work and essential reading for students of political and social theory. Ernesto Laclau, Rodolphe Gasche, Fred Dallmayr, Oliver Marchart, Rado Riha, Linda Zerilli, Simon Critchley, Mark Devenney, Aletta Norval, William E. Connolly, Jelica Sumic, Jason Glynos, J. Hillis Mil

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' ... is exemplary in its attempt to do justice to the rich and complicated thought of its subject.' - Times Literary Supplement

'After the editor's superb introduction that sets the general implication of Laclau's work, a collection of snappy and well-written articles deal with Laclau's novel conceptualisation of hegemony and its implications ... the text is so well edited that it is quite difficult to find any problem with it.' - Political Studies Review

Philosophy: Universality, Singularity
How Empty Can Empty Be?
On the Place of the UniversalcFred Dallmayr
Some (Post) Hegelian Caveats
Politics and the Ontological Difference: On the "Strictly Philosophical" in Laclau's Work
Politics as the Real of Philosophy
This Universalism Which Is Not One
Democracy: Politics, Ethics, Normativity
Is there a Normative Deficit in the Theory of Hegemony?
Ethics and Politics in Discourse Theory
Democratic Decisions and the Question of Universality: Rethinking Recent Approaches
The Ethos of Democratization
Anarchism of Emancipation or Fidelity to Politics
Hegemony: Discourse, Rhetorics, Antagonism
Encounters of the Real Kind: Sussing Out the Limits of Laclau's Embrace of
"Taking Up a Task": Moments of Decision in Ernesto Laclau's Thought
Competing Figures of the Limit: Dispersion, Transgression, Antagonism and Indifference
The Political and Politics in Discourse Analysis
nbsp;Hegemony, Political Subjectivity and Radical Democracy
Glimpsing the Future
A Reply
The Uses of Equality
Bibliography of Ernesto Laclau's Work
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ISBN: 9780415238441
ISBN-10: 0415238447
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 26th August 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.05 x 16.97  x 2.74
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1