Adventures Adventures of the Symbolic: Post-Marxism and Radical Democracy (Columbia Studies in Political Thought / Political History)

Adventures Adventures of the Symbolic: Post-Marxism and Radical Democracy (Columbia Studies in Political Thought / Political History)

Warren Breckman


Marxism's cave in within the 20th century profoundly altered the fashion and substance of Western ecu radical suggestion. to construct a stronger kind of democratic idea and motion, favorite theorists moved to reject revolution, abandon type for extra fragmented types of social motion, and increase the political over the social. Acknowledging the constructedness of society and politics, they selected the "symbolic" as an idea robust sufficient to reinvent leftist proposal open air a Marxist framework. Following Maurice Merleau-Ponty's Adventures of the Dialectic, which reassessed philosophical Marxism at mid century, Warren Breckman seriously revisits those exciting experiments within the aftermath of Marxism.

The post-Marxist suggestion of the symbolic is dynamic and complicated, uncannily echoing the early German Romantics, who first complicated a latest notion of symbolism and the symbolic. Hegel and Marx denounced the Romantics for his or her otherworldly and nebulous posture, but post-Marxist thinkers favored the wealthy power of the ambiguities and paradoxes the Romantics first well-known. Mapping diverse principles of the symbolic between modern thinkers, Breckman strains a desirable mirrored image of Romantic topics and resonances, and he explores extensive the trouble to reconcile an intensive and democratic political schedule with a politics that doesn't privilege materialist understandings of the social. attractive with the paintings of Claude Lévi-Strauss, Cornelius Castoriadis, Claude Lefort, Marcel Gauchet, Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe, and Slavoj Žižek, Breckman uniquely situates those very important theorists inside of 200 years of eu idea and extends their profound relevance to modern-day political activism.

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