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Existential Utopia: New Perspectives on Utopian Thought

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Radical political thought of the 20th century was dominated by utopia, but the failure of communism in Eastern Europe and its disavowal in China has brought on the need for a new model of utopian thought. This book thus seeks to redefine the concept of utopia and bring it to bear on today's politics. <br /><br />The original essays, contributed by key thinkers such as Gianni Vattimo and Jean-Luc Nancy, highlight the connection between utopian theory and practice. The book reassesses the legacy of utopia and conceptualizes alternatives to the neo-liberal, technocratic regimes prevalent in today's world. It argues that only utopia in its existential sense, grounded in the lived time and space of politics, can distance itself from mainstream ideology and not be at the service of technocratic regimes, while paying attention to the material conditions of human life.<br /><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">Existential Utopia</span> offers a new and exciting interpretation of utopia in contemporary culture and a much-needed intervention into the philosophical and political discussion of utopian thinking that is both accessible to students and comprehensive. >

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Radical political thought of the 20th century was dominated by utopia, but the failure of communism in Eastern Europe and its disavowal in China has brought on the need for a new model of utopian thought. This book thus seeks to redefine the concept of utopia and bring it to bear on today's politics.

The original essays, contributed by key thinkers such as Gianni Vattimo and Jean-Luc Nancy, highlight the connection between utopian theory and practice. The book reassesses the legacy of utopia and conceptualizes alternatives to the neo-liberal, technocratic regimes prevalent in today's world. It argues that only utopia in its existential sense, grounded in the lived time and space of politics, can distance itself from mainstream ideology and not be at the service of technocratic regimes, while paying attention to the material conditions of human life.

Existential Utopia offers a new and exciting interpretation of utopia in contemporary culture and a much-needed intervention into the philosophical and political discussion of utopian thinking that is both accessible to students and comprehensive.

About the Author

Michael Marder is Ikerbasque Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz. He is the Associate Editor of Telos: A Quarterly Journal of Critical Thought and the author of The Event of The Thing: Derrida's Post-Deconstructive Realism (2009).

Patricia I. Vieira is Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, in the Comparative Literature Program, and in the Film and Media Studies Program of Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Utopia: A Political OntologyMichael Marder and Patrícia VieiraPART I: Utopia Unbound1. In Place of UtopiaJean-Luc Nancy2. Utopia, Counter-Utopia, IronyGianni Vattimo3. From Modern Utopias to Contemporary UchroniaAlexandre Franco de Sá4. Existential Utopia—Of the World, the Possible, the FiniteMichael Marder and Patrícia Vieira5. Still / EncoreMárcia Cavalcante-Schuback6. The Theater of Utopia: Deleuze On Acting and PoliticsCláudia Baracchi
 
PART II: Putting Utopia to Work7. Ernst Bloch, Utopia and Ideology CritiqueDouglas Kellner8. Secularism and Post-Secularism in Roberto Unger and Ernst Bloch: Towards a Utopian OntologyRuth Levitas9. At the End of Utopia—IndifferenceJosep Ramoneda10.  History, Politics, and Utopia: Towards a Synthesis of Social Theory and Practice Laurence Davis11.  A Practical Utopia for the Twenty-First CenturyRobert Albritton
 
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781441169211
Author:
Vieira, Patricia
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Author:
Marder, Michael
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Politics-Leftist Studies
Subject:
General Political Science
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.92 x 1.111 x 0.69 in

Related Subjects

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Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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"Synopsis" by , Radical political thought of the 20th century was dominated by utopia, but the failure of communism in Eastern Europe and its disavowal in China has brought on the need for a new model of utopian thought. This book thus seeks to redefine the concept of utopia and bring it to bear on today's politics.

The original essays, contributed by key thinkers such as Gianni Vattimo and Jean-Luc Nancy, highlight the connection between utopian theory and practice. The book reassesses the legacy of utopia and conceptualizes alternatives to the neo-liberal, technocratic regimes prevalent in today's world. It argues that only utopia in its existential sense, grounded in the lived time and space of politics, can distance itself from mainstream ideology and not be at the service of technocratic regimes, while paying attention to the material conditions of human life.

Existential Utopia offers a new and exciting interpretation of utopia in contemporary culture and a much-needed intervention into the philosophical and political discussion of utopian thinking that is both accessible to students and comprehensive.

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