Ethics and Politics in Contemporary Theory: Between Critical Theory and Post-Marxism

Ethics and Politics in Contemporary Theory: Between Critical Theory and Post-Marxism

Ethics and Politics in Contemporary Theory: Between Critical Theory and Post-Marxism

Ethics and Politics in Contemporary Theory: Between Critical Theory and Post-Marxism

Synopsis

In addressing the political and theoretical debates between critical and post-Marxist theorists, this book discusses the politics of communication and rationality, subjectivity, sovereignty, ethics and deliberative democracy, considering questions such as: * Does the theory of communicative action justify deliberative democracy? * Is a theory of hegemony compatible with an account which relies upon an ideal of communicative success? * Is autonomy a good which should be fostered? * Can the ideal of democracy extend beyond the nation state? * Does post-Marxism have anything interesting to say about ethics? Analysing the work of Ernesto Laclau and J¿rgen Habermas - as representatives of different choices made in regard to theory, politics and morality - Ethics and Politics in Contemporary Theory develops a critical response to the contrasting conclusions of these approaches.

Excerpt

This book would not have been possible without the help of many people, too many to mention. In particular the main lines of argument have been presented at various conferences and to the Ideology and Discourse Analysis program at the University of Essex. My thanks to the participants, and particularly to Ernesto Laclau and Simon Critchley for their suggestions and continued support. Colleagues at the University of Brighton have fostered a supportive but critical environment in which to debate these and many other ideas. My father and Gail have supported me through years of study and struggle, with human and goodwill. Last, but most importantly, Justine and Jack have put up with many late nights, papers and books everywhere and the stress associated with final writing. Their patience and love allowed me to finish this.

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