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Contingency, Hegemony and Universality: Contemporary Dialogues on the Left (Radical Thinkers) Paperback – 10 Jan 2011
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About the Author
Slavoj i[ek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include "Living in the End Times," "First as Tragedy, Then as Farce," "In Defense of Lost Causes," four volumes of the Essential i[ek, and many more. Ernesto Laclau is Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Government, University of Essex, and Distinguished Professor for Humanities and Rhetorical Studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of, amongst other works, "Hegemony and Socialist Strategy" (with Chantal Mouffe), "New Reflections of the Revolution of Our Time," "The Populist Reason," "Contingency, Hegemony, Universality" (with Judith Butler and Slavoj Zizek), and "Emancipation(s)." Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of "Frames of War," "Precarious Life," "The Psychic Life of Power," "Excitable Speech," "Bodies that Matter," "Gender Trouble," and with Slavoj i[ek and Ernesto Laclau, "Contingency, Hegemony, Universality."
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There is so much in common that the book often reads like a family feud; the authors are fighting over their different claims to a common heritage. For a book on politics, there's also surprisingly little concrete discussion of political movements. I still think this book is a very worthwhile read for anyone who can make sense of the often heavy theoretical language. It's a bit like watching a soap opera set in a university, and a welcome relief from the faked politeness and the invisibility which usually surrounds academic disputes. For once, the dirty linen is out in the open, and it makes for intriguing reading.
It is fascinating to follow their debates as they set out questions for each other to answer, and then engage in careful consideration and argument of each others perspectives, coming back on each other and clarifying their differences. The process of inter-action is a real help to readers who want to get their head rounds 'isms' and theories which are often thrown around in university and intellectual debates about political strategy, but which are rarely set out in as interesting a form as this.
A central concern of the book is to develop a well grounded understanding of how democratic politics should work, and the tensions this involves. Hopefully many readers will be inspired to move from the philosophical debates clarified here to really try and make a difference to the quality of political life in the real world.
This book offers incredibly valuable insights into epistemology and ontology that have contributed greatly to my understanding. The subject matter they choose to deal with also offers a great deal of insight to people engaging with 'the way things are described'. In a world in which words cannot wholly encapsulate their referents, how should we use such words and concepts. This brings up questions of pragmatism (usefulness / effectiveness), realism (accuracy) and politicisation (purpose / effect) within each other's rhetoric. This strips down the arguments of great thinkers, and micro-analyses the potential impact of their thinking, expressions and sentiment in a way that is wholly enlightening and gripping throughout. There is a lot of wisdom from brilliant thinkers in here at a great price!
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Not only does the book give insight into the differences between these philosophers, who in many ways are trying to deal with much the same questions, but the framework of the discussion forced them to also reiterate aspects of each of their theories in a short and distinct manner that gives the reader more understanding in the end, of their works in general.
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