Twenty Theses on Politics

ISBN-10: 0822343282
ISBN-13: 9780822343288
Edition: 2008
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Description: First published in Spanish in 2006,Twenty Theses on Politicsis a major statement on political philosophy from Enrique Dussel, one of Latin America's-and the world's-most important philosophers and a founder of the philosophy of liberation.  More...

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List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 12/9/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

First published in Spanish in 2006,Twenty Theses on Politicsis a major statement on political philosophy from Enrique Dussel, one of Latin America's-and the world's-most important philosophers and a founder of the philosophy of liberation. Synthesizing a half-century of his pioneering work in moral and political philosophy, Dussel presents a succinct rationale for the development of political alternatives to the exclusionary, exploitative institutions of neoliberal globalization. In twenty short, provocative theses he lays out the foundational elements for a politics of just and sustainable co-existence. Dussel first constructs a theory of political power and its institutionalization, taking on matters such as the purpose of politics and the fetishization of power. He insists that political projects must criticize or reject as unsustainable all political systems, actions, and institutions whose negative effects are suffered by oppressed or excluded victims. Turning to the deconstruction or transformation of political power, he explains the political principles of liberation and addresses matters such as reform and revolution.Twenty Theses on Politicsis inspired by recent political transformations in Latin America. As Dussel writes in Thesis 15, regarding the liberation praxis of social and political movements, "The winds that arrive from the South-from N. Kirchner, Tabaré Vásquez, Luiz Inácio Lula, Evo Morales, Hugo Chávez, Fidel Castro and so many others-show us that things can be changed. Thepeoplemust reclaim its sovereignty!" Throughout the twenty theses Dussel engages with Latin American thinkers and activists and with radical political projects such as the World Social Forum. He is also in dialogue with theorists including Marx, Hegel, Habermas, Rawls, and Negri, offering insights into the applications and limits of their thinking in light of recent Latin American political thought and practice.

Foreword: The Liberation of Politics: Alterity, Solidarity, Liberation
Preliminary Words
Introduction
Corruption and the Political Field: The Public and the Private
The Prevailing Political Order
The Political Power of the Community as Potentia
Institutional Power as Potestas
Obediential Power
The Fetishization of Power: Power as Domination
Strategic Political Action
The Need for Political Institutions: The Material Sphere (Ecological, Economic, Cultural): Fraternity
Institutions in the Spheres of Democratic Legitimacy and Feasibility: Equality and Liberty: Governability
Ethics and the Implicit Normative Principles of Politics: The Material Principle
The Formal-Democratic and Feasibility Principles of Politics
The Critical Transformation of the Political: Toward the New Political Order
The People: The Popular Sector and "Populism"
Liberatory Power as Hyperpotentia and the "State of Rebellion"
The Political Principles of Liberation: The Critical Material Principle
The Critical-Democratic and Strategic Transformation Principles
Liberation Praxis of Social and Political Movements
Anti-Hegemonic Praxis and the Construction of a New Hegemony
Transformation of Political Institutions: Reform, Transformation, Revolution: Political Postulates
Transformation of Institutions in the Material Sphere: "Perpetual Life" and Solidarity
Transformation of Institutions in the Sphere of Democratic Legitimacy: Irruption of New Rights: "Perpetual Peace" and Alterity
Transformation of Institutions in the Sphere of Feasibility: The "Dissolution of the State"? Liberation
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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