The Postmodern Prince: Critical Theory, Left Strategy, And The Making Of A New Political Subject

The Postmodern Prince: Critical Theory, Left Strategy, And The Making Of A New Political Subject

by John Sanbonmatsu
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1583670904

ISBN-13: 9781583670903

Pub. Date: 08/01/2003

Publisher: Monthly Review Press

Leftist critical theory is in dire need of a unifying principle and teleology, a project undertaken here by Sanbonmatsu (philosophy and religion, Worcester Polytechnic Institute). Referencing Gramsci's The Modern Prince more than the less obscure work by Machiavelli, he moves towards the construction of a leftist unified identity and worldview that can "respond

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Leftist critical theory is in dire need of a unifying principle and teleology, a project undertaken here by Sanbonmatsu (philosophy and religion, Worcester Polytechnic Institute). Referencing Gramsci's The Modern Prince more than the less obscure work by Machiavelli, he moves towards the construction of a leftist unified identity and worldview that can "respond meaningfully to the legitimation crisis of the state and the colonization of the life-world by the commodity." Using the term "postmodern" to delineate the moment, not theoretical affinity with postmodernism or post-structuralism, he combines a normative "metahumanism" with consideration of the ontological contradictions of global capitalism in his move towards unified critical theory. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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ISBN-13:
9781583670903
Publisher:
Monthly Review Press
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments7
Introduction9
1Romancing the Left21
A Romantic Structure of Feeling23
Faith vs. Works31
The Pentecostal Mysticism of Norman O. Brown37
Morbid Symptoms Appear46
The Expressivist Legacy48
2Speaking in Tongues51
The Cyborg Speaks in Tongues55
"Breaking the Silence": Postmodernist Identity Politics63
La Lingua Continua66
Expressivism as Reification68
3Baroque Theory71
"Use Value" and the Baroque Arsenal of Theory76
Commodity Aesthetics87
Trend Innovation in Theory90
Against the Autonomy of Theory96
Theory as Practice98
4The French Ideology101
Althusser, Foucault, and the Liquidation of Experience103
"Two, Three ... Many Geists": Reification and the Automaton Empire114
The Catechism of Praxis119
5The Prince and the Archaeologist125
Exemplary Lives125
The Virtu of the Modern Prince131
Strategy and the Modern Prince134
Foucault's "Great Refusal" of Strategy137
Teaching Literacies of Power143
Against Pedagogy147
Reversal of Fortune153
6The Postmodern Prince157
Form in Modern Political Thought160
Lenin's Leviathan168
Enter, Stage Left: The Modern Prince172
Unity and Difference: The Challenge of Translation178
The Postmodern Prince182
Totality and Perception191
Toward a New Theory of the Whole199
7Metahumanism203
Empathy and Attentiveness to Others208
Humanism, Suffering, and Love214
New Gnosis218
The Fight for Eros223
Epilogue224
Notes228
Index262

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