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By Warren Breckman

ISBN-10: 023114394X

ISBN-13: 9780231143943

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ISBN-13: 9780231143950

Marxism’s cave in within the 20th century profoundly altered the fashion and substance of Western ecu radical concept. to construct an improved type of democratic concept and motion, well-liked theorists moved to reject revolution, abandon category for extra fragmented types of social motion, and raise the political over the social. Acknowledging the constructedness of society and politics, they selected the “symbolic” as an idea strong sufficient to reinvent leftist concept outdoors a Marxist framework. Following Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s Adventures of the Dialectic, which reassessed philosophical Marxism at mid century, Warren Breckman significantly revisits those exciting experiments within the aftermath of Marxism. The post-Marxist inspiration of the symbolic is dynamic and complicated, uncannily echoing the early German Romantics, who first complicated a latest belief of symbolism and the symbolic. Hegel and Marx denounced the Romantics for his or her otherworldly and nebulous posture, but post-Marxist thinkers preferred the wealthy power of the ambiguities and paradoxes the Romantics first well-known. Mapping various rules of the symbolic between modern thinkers, Breckman strains a desirable mirrored image of Romantic issues and resonances, and he explores extensive the hassle to reconcile an intensive and democratic political time table 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 2 hundred years of ecu notion and extends their profound relevance to today’s political activism.

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