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Politics Out of History - Wendy Brown

Politics Out of History

Paperback Published: 26th August 2001
ISBN: 9780691070858
Number Of Pages: 208

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What happens to left and liberal political orientations when faith in progress is broken, when both the sovereign individual and sovereign states seem tenuous, when desire seems as likely to seek punishment as freedom, when all political conviction is revealed as contingent and subjective? "Politics Out of History" is animated by the question of how we navigate the contemporary political landscape when the traditional compass points of modernity have all but disappeared. Wendy Brown diagnoses a range of contemporary political tendencies--from moralistic high-handedness to low-lying political despair in politics, from the difficulty of formulating political alternatives to reproaches against theory in intellectual life--as the consequence of this disorientation.

"Politics Out of History" also presents a provocative argument for a new approach to thinking about history--one that forsakes the idea that history has a purpose and treats it instead as a way of illuminating openings in the present by, for example, identifying the haunting and constraining effects of past injustices unresolved. Brown also argues for a revitalized relationship between intellectual and political life, one that cultivates the autonomy of each while promoting their interlocutory potential. This book will be essential reading for all who find the trajectories of contemporary liberal democracies bewildering and are willing to engage readings of a range of thinkers--Freud, Marx, Nietzsche, Spinoza, Benjamin, Derrida--to rethink democratic possibility in our time.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Politics Out of History
Symptomsp. 18
Moralism as Anti-Politics
Desirep. 45
The Desire to Be Punished: Freud's "'A Child Is Being Beaten'"
Powerp. 62
Power without Logic without Marx
Politicsp. 91
Politics without Banisters: Genealogical Politics in Nietzsche and Foucault
Democracyp. 121
Democracy against Itself: Nietzsche's Challenge
Futuresp. 138
Specters and Angels: Benjamin and Derrida
Notesp. 175
Indexp. 189
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ISBN: 9780691070858
ISBN-10: 0691070857
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 26th August 2001
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.62  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.32