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Ethics and Politics in Contemporary Theory Between Critical Theory and Post-Marxism

By Mark Devenney

Routledge – 2003 – 208 pages

Series: Routledge Innovations in Political Theory

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Description

In addressing the political and theoretical debates between critical and post-Marxist theorists, this book discusses the politics of communication and rationality, subjectivity, sovereignty, ethics and deliberative democracy, considering questions such as:

* Does the theory of communicative action justify deliberative democracy?

* Is a theory of hegemony compatible with an account which relies upon an ideal of communicative success?

* Is autonomy a good which should be fostered?

* Can the ideal of democracy extend beyond the nation state?

* Does post-Marxism have anything interesting to say about ethics?

Analysing the work of Ernesto Laclau and Jürgen Habermas - as representatives of different choices made in regard to theory, politics and morality - Ethics and Politics in Contemporary Theory develops a critical response to the contrasting conclusions of these approaches.

Reviews

'It is extremely hard to do justice in a short review to the complex arguments developed in this book. They touch upon fundamental problems such as the nature of language, relations between language and reality, and rationality.' - Krzystof Jaskulowski in Political Studies Review

Author Bio

Mark Devenney is a senior lecturer in politics and philosophy at the University of Brighton, UK. His current research concerns political economy and death, and involves a re-reading of Marx's labour theory of value and Foucault's biopolitics.

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Description: By Mark Devenney. In addressing the political and theoretical debates between critical and post-Marxist theorists, this book discusses the politics of communication and rationality, subjectivity, sovereignty, ethics and deliberative democracy, considering questions such...
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