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Description - Untimely Politics by Samuel A. Chambers

The standard, linear view of history is founded on the belief that political outcomes are predetermined by what has gone before. This book challenges this view, arguing for what the author calls an "untimely" politics which renders the past problematic and the future unpredictable. The argument is advanced through a close reading of key texts in political theory and by entering into debates involving metaphysics, philosophy of language, and psychoanalysis versus discursive analysis. The ideas are based on the theme of the relevance of language analysis to political debate, answering those critics who insist discourse approaches to politics are irrelevant. Heidegger, Nietzsche, Foucault and Derrida are used to challenge the political burden which is placed on language analysis to prove its value in the real world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748617661
ISBN-10: 0748617663
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 4-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Samuel A. Chambers

Samuel A. Chambers is a lecturer in Politics at Johns Hopkins University.

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