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Negativity and Politics : Dionysus and Dialectics from Kant to Poststructuralism - Diana H. Coole

Negativity and Politics

Dionysus and Dialectics from Kant to Poststructuralism

Hardcover Published: 30th March 2000
ISBN: 9780415031769
Number Of Pages: 282

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Although frequently invoked by philosophers and political theorists, the theory of negativity has received remarkably little sustained attention. "Negativity and Politics" is the first full-length study of this crucial topic within philosophy and political theory. Diana Coole explores the meaning of negativity in modern and postmodern thinking, and examines its significance for politics and our understanding of what constitutes the political. Beginning with an insightful reading of Kant's "Critique of Pure Reason" and a consideration of the work of Hegel, Coole goes on to discuss the importance of negativity in the thought of a number of key theorists including Nietzsche, Adorno, Kristeva, Freud, Foucault, Habermas, Deleuze, Derrida and Butler. Throughout, Coole clearly and skillfully shows how the problem of negativity lies at the heart of philosophical and political debate.

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"Both the student and scholar of contemporary philosophy and political theory will find much to engage with, and learn from, in this brave and ambitious study... One of the most significant books in political theory to have appeared for a long time." -Keith Ansell Pearson, University of Warwick

Note on textual sources
Introduction: negativity and politicsp. 1
Negativity and noumena: critical reason at the limitp. 13
Hegel and his critics: dialectics and differencep. 43
Nietzsche: negativity as will to powerp. 85
Negativity as invisibility: Merleau-Ponty's dialectical adventuresp. 122
Subject-object relations again: identity, non-identity and negative dialecticsp. 156
Subjectivity and the semiotic: gendering negativityp. 195
Conclusion: politics and negativityp. 230
Notesp. 246
Indexp. 268
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ISBN: 9780415031769
ISBN-10: 0415031761
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 282
Published: 30th March 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1

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