Political Philosophy of Poststructuralist Anarchism

ISBN-10: 0271028890
ISBN-13: 9780271028897
Edition: 1994
Authors: Todd May
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Book details

Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Publication date: 10/12/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

This tactical reading of Lyotard, Deleuze, and Foucault accomplishes a lot. May provides something most of us did not expect by now-a truly fresh understanding of the energies and ethical concerns of some of the most important thinkers of this century.-Thomas L. Dumm, Amherst CollegeThe political writings of the French poststructuralists have eluded articulation in the broader framework of general political philosophy primarily because of the pervasive tendency to define politics along a single parameter: the balance between state power and individual rights in liberalism and the focus on economic justice as a goal in Marxism. What poststructuralists like Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Jean-Franois Lyotard offer instead is a political philosophy that can be called tactical: it emphasizes that power emerges from many different sources and operates along many different registers. This approach has roots in traditional anarchist thought, which sees the social and political field as a network of intertwined practices with overlapping political effects. The poststructuralist approach, however, eschews two questionable assumptions of anarchism, that human beings have an (essentially benign) essence and that power is always repressive, never productive.After positioning poststructuralist political thought against the background of Marxism and the traditional anarchism of Bakunin, Kropotkin, and Proudhon, Todd May shows what a tactical political philosophy like anarchism looks like shorn of its humanist commitments-namely, a poststructuralist anarchism. The book concludes with a defense, contra Habermas and Critical Theory, of poststructuralist political thought as having a metaethical structure allowing for positive ethical commitments.

Preface
Introduction
The Failure of Marxism
Anarchism
The Positivity of Power and the End of Humanism
Steps Toward a Poststructuralist Anarchism
Questions of Ethics
Bibliography
Index

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