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We see in Derrida that ‘the subject’ is written by the text or comes to life through discourse. Chapter 3 turns to poststructuralist theory and deconstruction.

Against Postmodernism

Refresh and try again. The resources of critique A Callinicos Polity In both Nietzsche and Foucault we see thought here reduced to pstmodernismo and thus an irrational perspectivism or relativism is introduced.

Three themes are embraced in this claim; the poststructurist critique by Foucault, Derrida and others of the philosophical heritage of the Enlightenment; the supposed impasse of High Modern art and its replacement by new artistic forms; and the alleged emergence of ‘post-industrial’ societies whose structures are beyond the ken of Marx and other theorists of industrial capitalism.

Aly rated it liked it Oct 30, Aug 04, Alex Birchall rated it really liked it. Against Postmodernism by Alex Callinicos.

This implies a principle of individuation which is denied in poststructuralism. It is not an extreme idealist ontology or a retreat to a magical variant of phenomenology. The book is an essential read for students and academics across the humanities, particularly those interested in the history and periodicity of art, as well as anti-postmodernist social theorists like myself, and perhaps, a general readership of those who affiliate themselves with the political Left.


Sjandra Zahid rated it liked it Jan 12, Is there a future for Marxism? How can the self be coherently organised if it is just made up of disparate discourse? This was the brutal “trahison des clercs” treason of the clerks that continues to imperil the Left today.

Books by Alex Callinicos. This is why Ferry and Renaut joke about Derrida’s similarities to Heidegger the “self-occultation of Being” as Callinicos puts it is similar to differance. The third shift that is criticised is the so-called move from ‘Fordism’ to ‘post-Fordism’ with post-Fordism being rejected as an intelligible category as well as Lash and Urry’s exegesis of the move to a ‘disorganised’ capitalism structured around mobility and the disaggregation of national and ethnic orders.

The objective of this chapter and the shift is to continue the argument begun in Chapter 1 that no such shift to postmodernity has occurred as has been described.

Against Postmodernism by Alex Callinicos

Be the first to ask a question about Against Postmodernism. A Callinicos Springer Open Preview See a Problem? Paul rated it it was amazing Aug 19, Yet this is analytically contradicted by Foucault’s borrowing from Postmodernsimo of the concept of stylisation, the self as a work of art that is ‘created’.

In Foucault we have the challenging of a ‘dominant knowledge’ by disparate ‘local knowledges’.

In the ‘worldly’ poststructuralism it is history and societal understanding that is deconstructed or denaturalised through genealogy. Cybermilitia rated it it was amazing Nov 06, I’m not a huge fan of post-modernism, but Callinicos’ criticisms come off as if he hasn’t really read any of the main theorists he critiques.


The argument is presented in a series of rather disconnected essays. Paperbackpages. Althusser’s marxism A Callinicos. Novos artigos relacionados com a pesquisa deste autor.

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The new Mandarins of American power: Imperialism and global political economy A Callinicos Polity The revenge of history: In Deleuze, the concept of power becomes mystified in his vitalist philosophy outlined in A Thousand Plateaus. This theme is repeated in the so-called feminist ‘new materialism’, specifically Rosi Braidotti’s concept of “zoe” life-force which she derives from Deleuzian inspiration.

In Foucault and in some places Deleuze, power or sometimes ‘desire’ is all that knowledge is. There are three logical aporias Callinicos identifies in poststructuralism. We also see the reactions to modernity posed by Nazism and the various responses to reactions incl.

PDF Restaurar Eliminar definitivamente. In ‘textualism’ “there is no outside-text” as Derrida controversially puts it. The resources of critique A Callinicos Polity The problem is that one category is reduced to another. Artigos 1—20 Mostrar mais.

But these theories often had anti-democratic implications. Anti-capitalist manifesto A Callinicos Polity ,