False Necessity: Anti-Necessitarian Social Theory in the Service of Radical Democracyby Roberto Mangabeira Unger
This new edition of False Necessity marks the beginning of Verso's reissuing of Roberto Mangabeira Unger's major works in political and social thought, first published under the collective title Politics. False Necessity presents an explanatory theory of society and a program for social reconstruction. Unger develops a radical alternative to Marxism, showing how we can explain history without denying its contingency or our freedom. He offers a progressive alternative to the now dominant ideological conceptions of neoliberalism and social democracy, exploring institutional innovations that can democratize markets and empower individuals. For this new edition, Unger has written a comprehensive introduction that explores the limits of our understanding of society and our practice of politics, and reconsiders proposals contained in the book as special cases of a larger family of untried political possibilities.
Author Biography: Roberto Mangabeira Unger is Professor of Law at Harvard University and a political activist in Brazil. His books include What Should Legal Analysis Become?, Politics: The Central Texts, and Democracy Realized.
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