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By Warren Breckman

Marxism’s cave in within the 20th century profoundly altered the fashion and substance of Western ecu radical idea. to construct a better type of democratic idea and motion, famous theorists moved to reject revolution, abandon category for extra fragmented versions of social motion, and bring up the political over the social. Acknowledging the constructedness of society and politics, they selected the “symbolic” as an idea robust adequate to reinvent leftist suggestion outdoors a Marxist framework. Following Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s Adventures of the Dialectic, which reassessed philosophical Marxism at mid century, Warren Breckman seriously revisits those exciting experiments within the aftermath of Marxism. The post-Marxist concept of the symbolic is dynamic and complicated, uncannily echoing the early German Romantics, who first complex a latest perception of symbolism and the symbolic. Hegel and Marx denounced the Romantics for his or her otherworldly and nebulous posture, but post-Marxist thinkers preferred the wealthy power of the ambiguities and paradoxes the Romantics first well-known. Mapping assorted rules of the symbolic between modern thinkers, Breckman lines a desirable mirrored image of Romantic topics and resonances, and he explores intensive the hassle to reconcile an intensive and democratic political schedule with a politics that doesn't privilege materialist understandings of the social. enticing with the paintings of Claude Lévi-Strauss, Cornelius Castoriadis, Claude Lefort, Marcel Gauchet, Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe, and Slavoj Žižek, Breckman uniquely situates those very important theorists inside 2 hundred years of ecu idea and extends their profound relevance to today’s political activism.

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