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The Postmodern Prince : Critical Theory, Left Strategy, and the Making of a New Political Subject - John Sanbonmatsu

The Postmodern Prince

Critical Theory, Left Strategy, and the Making of a New Political Subject

Paperback Published: 1st August 2003
ISBN: 9781583670903
Number Of Pages: 272

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John Sanbonmatsu's Postmodern Prince is a work of political theory with a focus on questions of strategy. At the same time it provides an original and illuminating intellectual history of the Left from the 1960s to the present. It examines the politics of the New Left in the 1960s, showing how its expressivism led to political division and also prepared the ground for postmodernism. It shows also how the political economy of academic life in an increasingly commodified society strengthened the basis of postmodernism.

The Postmodern Prince provides a historically grounded critique of postmodernism, and a history of how the socialist Left has helped to create its ideas. In the course of this two-sided critique, it develops a brilliant account of a Marxism that sets itself the task of building a collective political subject—a successor to Machiavelli's Prince and Gramsci's Modern Prince—capable of challenging capitalism in its moment of global crisis.

Sanbonmatsu demonstrates the limitations of the work of Foucault, and more recently, Hardt and Negri's much-acclaimed Empire. In the process he validates for Marxism the classical idea of politics as hegemonic in scope, revolutionary in aspiration, and dependent on the capacity of leadership to rise to unforeseen challenges. He draws on an extraordinary range of historical, political, and philosophical analyses to set out the preconditions for a renewal of strategic and theoretical vision for the Left.

Acknowledgmentsp. 7
Introductionp. 9
Romancing the Leftp. 21
A Romantic Structure of Feelingp. 23
Faith vs. Worksp. 31
The Pentecostal Mysticism of Norman O. Brownp. 37
Morbid Symptoms Appearp. 46
The Expressivist Legacyp. 48
Speaking in Tonguesp. 51
The Cyborg Speaks in Tonguesp. 55
"Breaking the Silence": Postmodernist Identity Politicsp. 63
La Lingua Continuap. 66
Expressivism as Reificationp. 68
Baroque Theoryp. 71
"Use Value" and the Baroque Arsenal of Theoryp. 76
Commodity Aestheticsp. 87
Trend Innovation in Theoryp. 90
Against the Autonomy of Theoryp. 96
Theory as Practicep. 98
The French Ideologyp. 101
Althusser, Foucault, and the Liquidation of Experiencep. 103
"Two, Three ... Many Geists": Reification and the Automaton Empirep. 114
The Catechism of Praxisp. 119
The Prince and the Archaeologistp. 125
Exemplary Livesp. 125
The Virtu of the Modern Princep. 131
Strategy and the Modern Princep. 134
Foucault's "Great Refusal" of Strategyp. 137
Teaching Literacies of Powerp. 143
Against Pedagogyp. 147
Reversal of Fortunep. 153
The Postmodern Princep. 157
Form in Modern Political Thoughtp. 160
Lenin's Leviathanp. 168
Enter, Stage Left: The Modern Princep. 172
Unity and Difference: The Challenge of Translationp. 178
The Postmodern Princep. 182
Totality and Perceptionp. 191
Toward a New Theory of the Wholep. 199
Metahumanismp. 203
Empathy and Attentiveness to Othersp. 208
Humanism, Suffering, and Lovep. 214
New Gnosisp. 218
The Fight for Erosp. 223
Epiloguep. 224
Notesp. 228
Indexp. 262
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ISBN: 9781583670903
ISBN-10: 1583670904
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st August 2003
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.66 x 15.14  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.38