Emancipation(s)

Description

In Emancipation(s), Ernesto Laclau addresses a central question: how have the changes of the last decade, together with the transformation in contemporary thought, altered the classical notion of "emancipation" as formulated since the Enlightenment? Our visions of the future and our expectations of emancipation, have been deeply affected by the changes of recent history: the end of the Cold War, the explosion of new ethnic and national identities, the social fragmentation under late capitalism, and the collapse of universal certainties in philosophy and social and historical thought. Laclau here begins to explore precisely how our visions of emancipation have been recast under these new conditions. Laclau examines the internal contradictions of the notion of "emancipation" as it emerged from the mainstream of modernity, as well as the relation between universalism and particularism which is inherent in it. He explores the making of political identities and the status of central notions in political theory such as "representation" and "power," focusing particularly on the work of Derrida and Rorty. Emancipation(s) is a significant contribution to the reshaping of radical political thought.

Details

Author(s)
Ernesto Laclau
Format
Paperback | 126 pages
Dimensions
128 x 194 x 14mm | 158.76g
Publication date
17 Jan 2007
Publisher
Verso Books
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
1844675769
ISBN13
9781844675760
Bestsellers rank
221,307