"The most comprehensive, acute and compelling treatment of this concept to date. Original, dense, and beautifully written. Read it and you won't think the same way again." Arianna Bove
What is a totality? What role does this concept play in social science in general and Marxist theory in particular? How are totalities identified or formed? Why does post-modernism declare a war on this concept, and can it survive the onslaught?
In this in-depth study the notion of totality is explored through a discussion of Spinozist materialism and German idealism, Marxist critiques of political economy and contemporary progressive political theory. It shows how notions of the social whole are informed by subjective political movements orientated towards systemic change. This book will be of interest to readers of politics, philosophy, Marxism and social theory and autonomism.
Erik Empson teaches social science based courses part-time at the University of London and is the editor of generation-online.org.