Contingency Hegemony & Universality


Here, three renowned contemporary theorists discuss their different perspectives for politics and thought.

ISBN: 9781844676682 Author: Zizek, Slavoj Publisher: VERSO Publication Date: 28th January 2011 Imprint: Verso Cover: Paperback Dewey: 320.01 (edition:22) Pages: 330 Edition: 2nd Edition Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

What is the contemporary legacy of Gramsci’s notion of Hegemony? How can universality be reformulated now that its spurious versions have been so thoroughly criticized? In this ground-breaking project, Judith Butler, Ernesto Laclau and Slavoj Žižek engage in a dialogue on central questions of contemporary philosophy and politics. Their essays, organized as separate contributions that respond to one another, range over the Hegelian legacy in contemporary critical theory, the theoretical dilemmas of multiculturalism, the universalism-versus-particularism debate, the strategies of the Left in a globalized economy, and the relative merits of post-structuralism and Lacanian psychoanalysis for a critical social theory. While the rigor and intelligence with which these writers approach their work is formidable, Contingency, Hegemony, Universality benefits additionally from their clear sense of energy and enjoyment in a revealing and often unpredictable exchange.

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