By Carsten Strathausen, William E. Connolly
Rich with analyses of techniques from deconstruction, structures idea, and post-Marxism, with evaluations of fundamentalist concept and the warfare on terror, this quantity argues for constructing a philosophy of being so one can conquer the crisis of postmodern relativism. Undergirding the contributions are the premises that ontology is an important proposal for philosophy at the present time, that an appropriate leftist ontology needs to steer clear of the type of id politics that has ruled fresh cultural experiences, and new ontology needs to be located inside international capitalism. A Leftist Ontology bargains a well timed intervention in political philosophy, that includes a number of the best voices of our time.
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Stephen White, Sustaining Affirmation: The Strengths of Weak Ontology in Political Theory (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000). 2. Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus, trans. Brian Massumi (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987), 407. " 3. I address this machine in an American context in "The Evangelical-Capitalist Resonance Machine," Political Theory (Winter 2005): 869-86. Thinking Outside In CARSTEN STRATHAUSEN Political philosophy forces us to enter the terrain of ontology.
A series of other such attempts is identified in this book as the authors respond to Jameson, Derrida, Foucault, Hardt/Negri, and Laclau. Perhaps it is also important to learn from the politics of the recent past as we assess the contemporary promise and limits of nineteenth-century Marxism. The last time the left gained a real foothold in Euro-American states, it made a minor contribution to its own demise. In the early 1970s, one faction insisted that you cannot really be on the left unless you adopt an Althusserian reading of Marx.
Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty all appreciated the complexity of this interinvolvement. That is one reason you can find out more about your ontology through comparison with that of others. You do so first by drawing implicit elements into the foreground through critical comparison, and second by working on intensive thought fragments below articulation until they are altered and polished enough to be rendered articulate. The unarticulated dimension of an ontology is thus not only tacit; some of its elements are incipient in the sense that some embedded, ideationally imbued intensities must be altered in this way or that in order to be drawn into an intersubjective network of articulation.