David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
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Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 8 (2):145-160 (2005)
Modern Italy is frequently diagnosed with having suffered an excess of ideological antagonism. However, poststructuralist political theory implies that, as a form of negative exclusion, antagonism serves a crucial purpose in shaping political discourse and delimiting social and political identities. This essay outlines the poststructuralist argument and sets out an agenda for rethinking ideological conflict in the Italian context. Taking the rise and decline of Italian Anti?Fascism as an example, it argues that antagonism is as important to ideological coherence as is the positive content of political ideology itself
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