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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 notion. to construct a much better kind of democratic concept and motion, admired theorists moved to reject revolution, abandon type 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 sufficient 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 significantly revisits those exciting experiments within the aftermath of Marxism. The post-Marxist suggestion of the symbolic is dynamic and complicated, uncannily echoing the early German Romantics, who first complex a contemporary perception of symbolism and the symbolic. Hegel and Marx denounced the Romantics for his or her otherworldly and nebulous posture, but post-Marxist thinkers favored the wealthy strength of the ambiguities and paradoxes the Romantics first famous. Mapping varied 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 a thorough and democratic political schedule with a politics that doesn't privilege materialist understandings of the social. attractive 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 of 2 hundred years of eu concept and extends their profound relevance to today’s political activism.

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