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On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance by [Caygill, Howard]
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With his great and gorgeous intellectual generosity, Howard Caygill has charted the emergent politics of our time: resistance! Caygill constructs a constellation composed of concepts, ideas and arguments, but also of practices, histories, subjectivities, human capacities, artworks, movements and political debates that become a dark and dynamic account of who we are and what needs to be done. Stretching from Marx to Gandhi, from Freud to Pasolini, from Mao to the Women of Greenham Common, from Rosa Luxemburg to Jean Genet, from Fanon to the Zapatistas, Caygill exposes us to the elements for a different kind of philosophy, one that remembers, adumbrates and makes resistance possible. Scintillating, timely, and urgent. J.M. Bernstein, University Distinguished Professor, New School for Social Research, New York, USA For the first time in over a generation an internationally acclaimed philosopher focuses his brilliance on re-thinking the very grammar of modern politics and war. A stunningly original re-reading of On War as On Resistance weaves Caygill's philosophically situated Clausewitz into a political reappraisal of the theory and practice of revolutionary and peoples' war, as well as anti-colonial struggle. There could be no timelier text for our newly revolutionary age. In exposing how the strategic interplay of resistance and counter-resistance continually outplays the dialectical, both philosophically and politically, Caygill's book asks profound questions of modern politics as much as it does of modern war. On Resistance is a classic.' --Michael Dillon, Emeritus Professor of Politics, Lancaster University, UK

'Howard Caygill offers a meditation on the history of resistance as idea and lived experience, a term which, as he states at the outset, is "strangely unanalysed" ... [The book is asking us] to step back from the euphoria in order to take the measure of the cruel fate that hovers, always ready to pounce on people's most energised objections to injustice; and, at the same time, to go on believing in resistance as a way, perhaps the only viable way, of living in the modern world ... It is [Caygill s] unique mix of caution and enthusiasm, his avoidance of blind utopianism and of defeatism alike, which makes this book so important ... What kind of human being, On Resistance prompts us to ask, does resistance promote? Not only what do we want to achieve, but who do we want to be? ... On Resistance is as much an act as a philosophy of defiance. It will be indispensable for anyone thinking about resistance in our times, not least for demonstrating so profoundly that, for all its perils, resistance still possesses its "own necessities, its own affirmations and its own joy2.' --Jacqueline Rose, The Guardian Saturday Review

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Howard Caygill is Professor of Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University London, UK.

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (24 Oct. 2013)
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  • Language: English
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By David on 24 May 2017
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This book is brilliant in argument, very knowledgable and opinionated without putting the own views in the forefront. It also is unique in dealing with resistance and asssembling various lines of thought as referrring to resistance, although they themselves may not or only indirectly make reference to resistance. For instance, Mao is said to have adapted socialsm to one country, thereby stopping what seemed to be a doom showcased by the bitterness of the Stalin/Trotzky dispute, namely to think the more about the internationalization of their regime, the more the regime settled. This would be why Mao, the proponent of a pragmatic theory limiting the revolution to one country, would therefore having attracted the attention Carl Schmitt, who after having miserably failed in coming up with a theory that could be used by National Socialism put together thoughts on partisanship. The novelty of the approach to thoughts that had previously been understood as dominated by ideology could have been the reason for the - mostly well hidden - attention Schmitt enjoyed in post war times. Also, the way Cayfield deals with Hanna Arendts juxtaposition of totalitarism and individual resistance reveals without much ado Arendts inconsistency, but also makes plausible why she has obtained so much attention being one of the few dealing with the totalitarism in a more abstract manner.

Caygill goes through a broad range of differing attitudes leading to or justifying resistance, starting from Clausewitz and ending with Pasolini and Genet, starting with the comparison of resistance to elements like water and fire and ending with non standard sexual behaviour and other personal attitudes.
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Great book!
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