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By Warren Breckman

Marxism’s cave in within the 20th century profoundly altered the fashion and substance of Western ecu radical inspiration. to construct a far better kind of democratic idea and motion, well-known theorists moved to reject revolution, abandon classification for extra fragmented versions of social motion, and raise the political over the social. Acknowledging the constructedness of society and politics, they selected the “symbolic” as an idea robust adequate to reinvent leftist idea outdoors a Marxist framework. Following Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s Adventures of the Dialectic, which reassessed philosophical Marxism at mid century, Warren Breckman significantly revisits those exciting experiments within the aftermath of Marxism. The post-Marxist concept of the symbolic is dynamic and complicated, uncannily echoing the early German Romantics, who first complex a contemporary belief of symbolism and the symbolic. Hegel and Marx denounced the Romantics for his or her otherworldly and nebulous posture, but post-Marxist thinkers favored the wealthy power of the ambiguities and paradoxes the Romantics first well-known. Mapping varied rules of the symbolic between modern thinkers, Breckman strains a desirable mirrored image of Romantic issues and resonances, and he explores intensive the trouble to reconcile an intensive and democratic political time table with a politics that doesn't privilege materialist understandings of the social. enticing with the paintings of Claude Lévi-Strauss, Cornelius Castoriadis, Claude Lefort, Marcel Gauchet, Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe, and Slavoj Žižek, Breckman uniquely situates those very important theorists inside 2 hundred years of eu idea and extends their profound relevance to today’s political activism.

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