Author: Christoph Schmidt,Merav Mack,Andrew German

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 144385932X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 255

View: 9251

Modern thinkers have often declared the end, or even the “death,” of the subject and have been searching for new ways of “being a self.” Indeed, many contemporary scholars regard this search as one of the most significant effects of the general crisis of secularity. Post-Subjectivity is a contribution to that search, conducted with a renewed attention to the centrality of religion, in a pluralistic and global context. This volume of essays guides the reader through, but also beyond, the crises of modernity and postmodernity, toward an attempt to “resurrect” the subject in new forms. The volume resonates with voices from across the humanistic disciplines: the theological turn in recent phenomenology, new directions in Christian and Jewish theology, and reappraisals of figures in the history of philosophy, psychoanalysis, and the study of sexuality—all are represented in an attempt to rethink, from the beginning, what it is to be a “self.”

Marx's Practical Materialism

The Horizon of Post-Subjectivity Philosophy

Author: Wang Nanshi,Xie Yongkang

Publisher: Canut Publishers

ISBN: 9783942575058

Category: Philosophy

Page: 444

View: 1754

In mainland China, in the recent decades, once discarded Western Marxism studies have reached a peak. To study humanism, alienation, subjectivity and practical materialism, epistemology and aesthetics, interchange and social ontology as well as cultural philosophy, existential philosophy, philosophy of daily life, has entered into the scope. Wang Nanshi and Xie Yongkang, in this book on practical materialism, have succeeded a comprehensive study to reflect the major aspects and theoretical bases of this philosophy. Marxist philosophical theoretical research had not been so successful for some time. This has been fairly evaluated and investigated in this book to open a new scope, revealing the past theoretical regress. On the one shore was dialectical and historical materialism theory of Marxist philosophy propagated in college text books which was scientist, and naturalist and on the other shore was critical historical materialism of Young Lukacs and Korsch, which put the subject- proletarian practice in the center, to solve the problem of unity between subject and object isomorphic with the unity of nature and history. The issue put by the former was the existence of general principles applicable to both spheres. The latter had centered the issue on the existence of natural being opposite to social history. Lukacs' gave a negative answer to these two issues. As to history, general principles would be abstract and Lukacs had viewed the nature as a "socio-historical category." Although both schools led their own journey, both had failed to grasp the real essence of Marx's philosophical theories on materialism, metaphysics, dialectic and complex human practice. The essence of the philosophical revolution achieved by Marx, which makes him an outstanding modern philosopher, was his practical materialist theory and his view on the relation between practice and theory. Readers will surely find a thought provoking debate and vision in the book. CONTENT OF MAIN PARTS THEORETICAL PHILOSOPHY AND PRACTICAL PHILOSOPHY Conceptual Study of Theory and Practice Differentiation and Evolution of Theoretical Philosophy and Practical Philosophy Marx's Philosophy Is a Modern Practical Philosophy MATERIALISM AND MODERN MATERIALISM General Meaning and History of Materialism Practice and Marx's Modern Materialism Modern Materialism is Historical Materialism DIALECTIC AS PRACTICAL WISDOM Concept and History of Dialectic Marxist Practical Dialectic PICTURE OF THE LIFE-WORLD OF FINITE SUBJECT Marx's Two Propositions about Man Material World and Human Activity Social Life and Human Essence PRACTICE ANd HUMAN KNOWLEDGE Epistemological Issues and Their Way out Quasi-Epistemological View of Truth HISTORY AND HUMAN IDEAL Contradictoriness of Human Existence History and Ideal Looking into Marx's Realm of Ideal from the Angle of Real History

Post-Queer Politics

Author: David V. Ruffolo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317077172

Category: Social Science

Page: 212

View: 6656

In Post-Queer Politics, Ruffolo looks at the work of Foucault, Butler, Bakhtin, Deleuze, Guattari and others in his creative refocus on the queer/heteronormative dyad that has largely consumed queer studies and contemporary politics. He offers a radical and intersectional new way of thinking about class, race, sex, gender, sexuality and ability that extends beyond queer studies to be truly transdisciplinary in its focus and political implications. It will appeal to readers across a range of subjects, including gender and sexuality studies, philosophy, cultural studies, political science, and education.

Subjectivity After Wittgenstein

The Post-Cartesian Subject and the "Death of Man"

Author: Chantal Bax

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441173013

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

View: 7852

Although Wittgenstein is often held co-responsible for the so-called death of man as it was pronounced in the course of the previous century, no detailed description of his alternative to the traditional or Cartesian account of human being has so far been available. By consulting several parts of Wittgenstein's later oeuvre, Subjectivity after Wittgenstein aims to fill this gap. However, it also contributes to the debate about the Cartesian subject and its demise by discussing the criticism that the rethinking of subjectivity received, for it has been argued that the anti-Cartesian turn in continental philosophy has lead to a loss of a centre for both ethics and politics. By further exploring the implications of the Wittgensteinian account of human being, this book makes it clear that a non-Cartesian view on the subject is not necessarily ethically and politically inert. Moreover, it argues that ethical and political arguments should not automatically take precedence in a debate about the nature of man.

On the Production of Subjectivity

Five Diagrams of the Finite-Infinite Relation

Author: S. O'Sullivan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137032677

Category: Philosophy

Page: 300

View: 7882

This book offers a series of critical commentaries on, and forced encounters between, different thinkers. At stake in this philosophical and psychoanalytical enquiry is the drawing of a series of diagrams of the finite/infinite relation, and the mapping out of the contours for a speculative and pragmatic production of subjectivity.

Deconstructive Subjectivities

Author: Simon Critchley,Peter Dews

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791427231

Category: Philosophy

Page: 257

View: 9099

Explores the meanings of subjectivity in continental philosophy in the wake of post-structuralism and critical theory.

Post-deconstructive Subjectivity and History

Phenomenology, Critical Theory, and Postcolonial Thought

Author: Aniruddha Chowdhury

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004260048

Category: Philosophy

Page: 186

View: 1459

Aniruddha Chowdhury offers an illuminating account of the post-deconstructive conception of subjectivity and history in the tradition of Continental thought, and Postcolonial theory.

Revolutionary Subjectivity in Post-Marxist Thought

Laclau, Negri, Badiou

Author: Dr Oliver Harrison

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472421353

Category: Philosophy

Page: 160

View: 1721

Since the onset of the Global Financial Crisis the ideas of Karl Marx have once again become prominent in social and political thought. This book turns to Marx’s theory of revolutionary subjectivity as a means of assessing the work of three contemporary global theorists: Ernesto Laclau, Antonio Negri, and Alain Badiou, considered here together for the first time. The book’s central argument is that although each of these thinkers is indeed ‘beyond’ Marx, the extent to which they abandon Marx’s theory is problematised through the continued inspiration they draw from a particular Marxist thinker: Laclau in relation to Gramsci’s theory of hegemony, Negri in relation to Lenin’s notion of organisational form; Badiou in relation to Mao’s notion of the ‘inquiry’ and the primacy of political praxis. While providing a critical examination of the theory of revolutionary subjectivity in Laclau, Negri and Badiou, due to the fact such aspects were already present in Marx’s own theory, this book also offers insights into the nature of post-Marxism itself. Whilst accepting their respective differences, the conclusion offers a synthesis of all three theoretical approaches as a means of understanding the constitution of revolutionary subjectivity today.

Diasporic Subjectivity and Cultural Brokering in Contemporary Post-Colonial Literatures

Author: Igor Maver

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739129724

Category: Social Science

Page: 196

View: 8544

Diasporic writing simultaneously asserts a sense of belonging and expresses a sense of being 'ethnic' in a society of immigration. The essays in this volume explore how contemporary diasporic writers in English use their works to mediate this dissonance and seek to work through the ethical, political, and personal affiliations of diasporic identities and subjectivities. The essays call for a remapping of post-colonial literatures and a reevaluation of the Anglophone literary canon by including post-colonial diasporic literary discourses. Demonstrating that an intercultural dialogue and constant cultural brokering are a must in our post-colonial world, this volume is a valuable contribution to the ongoing discourse on post-colonial diasporic literatures and identities.


Author: Willem van Reijen,Willem G. Weststeijn

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042007383

Category: History

Page: 330

View: 3694

Subjectivity is one of the central issues of twentieth-century philosophy, literature and art. Modernism, which "discovered" the subconscious, put an end to the belief in the Cartesian Subject as the autonomous centre of knowledge and self-consciousness. Instead, the subject became something uncontrollable, unreliable, incomplete and fragmentary. The attempts to recapture the unity of the subject led to the existential quest and the flight into ideology (nazism, communism). Postmodernism, the cultural movement of the second half of the twentieth century, did not consider the subject any longer as an important category. In this issue of Avant-Garde Critical Studies the problem of subjectivity in twentieth-century culture is discussed from various angles by specialists in the field of philosophy, literature, film, music and dance.

Ethics, Politics, Subjectivity

Essays on Derrida, Levinas and Contemporary French Thought

Author: Simon Critchley

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859842461

Category: Philosophy

Page: 302

View: 752

In Ethics–Politics–Subjectivity, Simon Critchley takes up three questions at the centre of contemporary theoretical debate: What is ethical experience? What can be said of the subject who has this experience? What, if any, is the relation of ethical experience to politics? These questions are approached by way of a critical confrontation with a number of major thinkers, including Lacan, Genet, Blanchot, Nancy, Rorty and, in particular, Levinas and Derrida. Critchley offers a critical reconstruction of Levinas's notion of ethical experience and, questioning the religious pietism and political conservatism of the dominant interpretation of Levinas's work, develops an ethics of finitude which, far from being tragic, opens on to an experience of humour and the comic. Using this reading of Levinas as a way of unlocking the rich ethical potential of Derrida's work, Critchley outlines and defends the political possibilities of deconstruction. On the basis of Derrida's recent work, Critchley attempts to rethink notions of friendship, democracy, economics and technology.

A Postcolonial People

South Asians in Britain

Author: Nasreen Ali,Salman Sayyid

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9781850657972

Category: History

Page: 436

View: 3095

This is a critical survey of contemporary South Asian Britain. The book combines analysis with empirically rich studies to map out the diversity of the British Asian way of life. The contributors provide insights & information on the Asian British experience in its socio-economic & cultural dimensions.

Postcolonial Subjectivities in Africa

Author: Richard P. Werbner

Publisher: Zed Books

ISBN: 9781856499552

Category: Social Science

Page: 244

View: 2879

Contributors to this volume share an ambition to combine personal, political and existential dimensions in detailed evocations of the ambitions and vulnerabilities of contemporary Africans.

Postmodernized Simmel

Author: Deena Weinstein,Michael Weinstein

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317831586

Category: Social Science

Page: 246

View: 2204

Originally published in 1993, this book opens a new and major line of interpretation, showing that Georg Simmel is the essential sociologist of the postmodern age. The authors trace the important contributions that Simmel's writings can make to current studies of intellectual ethics, textual methodology, sociological theory, philosophy of history and cultural theory


Theories of the Self from Freud to Haraway

Author: Nick Mansfield

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814756515

Category: Philosophy

Page: 198

View: 9291

What am I referring to when I say "I"? This little word is so easy to use in daily life, yet it has become the focus of intense theoretical debate. Where does my sense of self come from? Does it arise spontaneously or is it created by the media or society? This concern with the self, with our subjectivity, is now our main point of reference in Western societies. How has it come to be so important, and what are the different ways in which we can approach an understanding of the self? Nick Mansfield explores how our notions of subjectivity have developed over the past century. Analyzing the work of key modern and postmodern theorists such as Freud, Foucault, Nietzsche, Lacan, Kristeva, Deleuze and Guattari, and Haraway, he shows how subjectivity is central to debates in contemporary culture, including gender, sexuality, ethnicity, postmodernism, and technology.

The Agency of Children

From Family to Global Human Rights

Author: David Oswell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521843669

Category: Social Science

Page: 305

View: 1154

Uses the idea of children's agency to survey the main issues in childhood studies.

Beyond the Masks

Race, Gender and Subjectivity

Author: Amina Mama

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134960379

Category: Psychology

Page: 216

View: 2817

Psychology has had a number of things to say about black and coloured people, none of them favourable, and most of which have reinforced stereotyped and derogatory images. Beyond the Masks is a readable account of black psychology, exploring key theoretical issues in race and gender. In it, Amina Mama examines the history of racist psychology, and of the implicit racism throughout the discipline. Beyond the Masks also offers an important theoretical perspective, and will appeal to all those involved with ethnic minorities, gender politics and questions of identity.


Author: Donald Eugene Hall

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415287616

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

View: 3604

Explores the history of theories of selfhood, from the Classical era to the present, and demonstrates how those theories can be applied in literary and cultural criticism. Donald E. Hall: * examines all of the major methodologies and theoretical emphases of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including psychoanalytic criticism, materialism, feminism and queer theory * applies the theories discussed in detailed readings of literary and cultural texts, from novels and poetry to film and the visual arts * offers a unique perspective on our current obsession with perfecting our selves * looks to the future of selfhood given the new identity possibilities arising out of developing technologies. Examining some of the most exciting issues confronting cultural critics and readers today, Subjectivity is the essential introduction to a fraught but crucial critical term and a challenge to the way we define our selves.