Cambridge University Press (2015)

Abstract
Marxism's collapse in the twentieth century profoundly altered the style and substance of Western European radical thought. To build a more robust form of democratic theory and action, prominent theorists moved to reject revolution, abandon class for more fragmented models of social action, and elevate the political over the social. Acknowledging the constructedness of society and politics, they chose the "symbolic" as a concept powerful enough to reinvent leftist thought outside a Marxist framework. Following Maurice Merleau-Ponty's Adventures of the Dialectic, which reassessed philosophical Marxism at mid century, Warren Breckman critically revisits these thrilling experiments in the aftermath of Marxism. The post-Marxist idea of the symbolic is dynamic and complex, uncannily echoing the early German Romantics, who first advanced a modern conception of symbolism and the symbolic. Hegel and Marx denounced the Romantics for their otherworldly and nebulous posture, yet post-Marxist thinkers appreciated the rich potential of the ambiguities and paradoxes the Romantics first recognized. Mapping different ideas of the symbolic among contemporary thinkers, Breckman traces a fascinating reflection of Romantic themes and resonances, and he explores in depth the effort to reconcile a radical and democratic political agenda with a politics that does not privilege materialist understandings of the social. Engaging with the work of Claude Lévi-Strauss, Cornelius Castoriadis, Claude Lefort, Marcel Gauchet, Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe, and Slavoj Žižek, Breckman uniquely situates these important theorists within two hundred years of European thought and extends their profound relevance to today's political activism
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Buy this book $18.42 used (42% off)   $24.75 new (23% off)   $32.00 from Amazon    Amazon page
ISBN(s) 0231143958   023114394X   9780231143950
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 64,046
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Det rådsdemokratiske ideal og protesten som selvorganisering.Benjamin Ask Popp-Madsen - 2015 - Slagmark - Tidsskrift for Idéhistorie 71:195-210.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Untimely Hesitations.Knox Peden - 2015 - Modern Intellectual History:1-10.
Scientific Socialism and Democracy: A Response to Femia.John O'Neill - 1986 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 29 (1-4):345-353.
Thinking Political Sociology: Beyond the Limits of Post-Marxism.Kate Nash - 2002 - History of the Human Sciences 15 (4):97-114.
Gramsci and the Formation of Post-Marxism.Fan Zhou - 2008 - Modern Philosophy 6:42-49.
Foucault, Marxism, Politics.Lotar Jasiński - 2010 - Studia Philosophica Wratislaviensia 5 (4):151-159.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2015-10-28

Total views
3 ( #1,328,435 of 2,454,441 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #303,425 of 2,454,441 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes