A Leftist Ontology: Beyond Relativism and Identity Politics by Carsten Strathausen, William E. Connolly

By Carsten Strathausen, William E. Connolly

Rich with analyses of thoughts from deconstruction, platforms thought, and post-Marxism, with evaluations of fundamentalist suggestion and the conflict on terror, this quantity argues for constructing a philosophy of being with a purpose to conquer the main issue of postmodern relativism. Undergirding the contributions are the premises that ontology is an important suggestion for philosophy this present day, that an appropriate leftist ontology needs to steer clear of the type of id politics that has ruled fresh cultural stories, and new ontology needs to be located inside of worldwide capitalism. A Leftist Ontology bargains a well timed intervention in political philosophy, that includes the various best voices of our time.

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The last time the left gained a real foothold in Euro-American states, it made a minor contribution to its own demise. In the early 1970s, one faction insisted that you cannot really be on the left unless you adopt an Althusserian reading of Marx. Today, however, Marxism itself must both be reworked and pluralized. It must be reworked to speak to distinctive changes in territorial diversity, the acceleration of speed, global capital, regional stratification, religious resurgence, and the recoil effects capitalism now has on nature itself.

In what? "6 Unfortunately, Bobbio's theses found little resonance among political philosophers outside of Italy. Of the few who did engage him, Perry Anderson contends that Bobbio "run[s] together a number of propositions that are logically independent of each other" as he sets out to bring scientific clarity to Bobbio's conceptual frailty:' To base the distinction between Left and Right on ontological judgments of the balance between human equality and inequality, in other words, is to rest it on a frail foundation-which the further development of science could strike away, by imposing inescapable convergence on a common empirical standpoint.

Mouffe's radical democratic position coincides with the premises of a leftist ontology outlined above. "46 Ernesto Laclau differs from Mouffe on this point. "47 Why? 48 Laclau's argument-namely that the ethical imperative to cultivate openness "does not follow" logically from the impossibility of social closure is correct. Logically speaking, Mouffe's ethical denunciation of political acts that seek to establish social closure falls prey to the same critique she herself levels against liberals such as Habermas and Rawls.

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