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Description - Negativity and Politics by Diana H. Coole

Negativity and Politics: Dionysus and Dialectics from Kant to Poststructuralism is the first full-length study of the concept of negativity within philosophy and political theory. Diana Coole clearly and skilfully explores the meaning of negativity as it appears in modern and postmodern thinking and sets out the significance of negativity for politics and our understanding of what constitutes the political. The first part of the book sets out an insightful and compelling reading of Kant's, Critique of Pure Reason , before moving on to a consideration of Hegelian dialectics. Diana Coole asks, in the light of Marxist and poststructuralist criticism, in what sense Hegel sustains negativity. In the second part of the book, she explores how well Marxist and poststructuralist critics remain faithful to negativity. Throughout, she clearly illustrates the importance of negativity in the thought of a number of key theorists, including Nietzsche's theory of the will to power', Adorno's negative dialectics', and Julia Kristeva's gendering of the negative. A key theme of Negativity and Politics is the recurring hostility between the dialectical use of negativity found in Hegel and running through Marxism and Critical Theory, and the Dionysian use of negativity as developed by Nietzsche and found in important strands of French thought. Diana Coole shows how the appropriation of negativity in both cases threatens but also informs our understanding of politics and the political. A fascinating and bold intervention in political theory and philosophy, Negativity and Politics will be of interest to all those in politics, philosophy and contemporary social theory.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415031769
ISBN-10: 0415031761
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 282
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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