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First published in Spanish in 2006, Twenty Theses on Politics is a major statement on political philosophy from Enrique Dussel, one of Latin Americaandrsquo;sandmdash;and the worldandrsquo;sandmdash;most important philosophers, and a founder of the philosophy of liberation. Synthesizing a half-century of his pioneering work in moral and political philosophy, Dussel presents a succinct rationale for the development of political alternatives to the exclusionary, exploitative institutions of neoliberal globalization. In twenty short, provocative theses he lays out the foundational elements for a politics of just and sustainable coexistence. Dussel first constructs a theory of political power and its institutionalization, taking on topics such as the purpose of politics and the fetishization of power. He insists that political projects must criticize or reject as unsustainable all political systems, actions, and institutions whose negative effects are suffered by oppressed or excluded victims. Turning to the deconstruction or transformation of political power, he explains the political principles of liberation and addresses matters such as reform and revolution.

Twenty Theses on Politics is inspired by recent political transformations in Latin America. As Dussel writes in Thesis 15, regarding the liberation praxis of social and political movements, andldquo;The winds that arrive from the Southandmdash;from Nestor Kirchner, Tabarandeacute; Vandaacute;squez, Luiz Inandaacute;cio Lula da Silva, Evo Morales, Hugo Chandaacute;vez, Fidel Castro, and so many othersandmdash;show us that things can be changed. The people must reclaim sovereignty!andrdquo; Throughout the twenty theses Dussel engages with Latin American thinkers and activists and with radical political projects such as the World Social Forum. He is also in dialogue with the ideas of Marx, Hegel, Habermas, Rawls, and Negri, offering insights into the applications and limits of their thinking in light of recent Latin American political thought and practice.

Synopsis:

Translation of a theoretical manifesto by one of Latin America’s leading political philosophers, interpreting the new wave of radicalism in Latin American politics.

About the Author

Twenty Theses on Politics is a groundbreaking manifesto charting new terrain toward de-colonial political philosophy and political theory. It is based on the experience and interpretation of current events in Latin America. There is nothing comparable.”—Walter D. Mignolo, author of The Idea of Latin America
“Enrique Dussel is one of the giants of emancipatory thought and liberation philosophy. This grand text is a concise expression of his subtle analysis and courageous vision!”—Cornel West, Princeton University
“Enrique Dussel is one of the giants of emancipatory thought and liberation philosophy. This grand text is a concise expression of his subtle analysis and courageous vision!”—Cornel West, Princeton University

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Liberation of Politics: Alterity, Solidarity, Liberation / Eduardo Mendieta vii

Preliminary Words xv

Introduction 1

Thesis 1. Corruption and the Political Field: The Public and the Private 3

Part One: The Prevailing Political Order

Thesis 2. The Political Power of the Community as Potentia 13

Thesis 3. Institutional Power as Potestas 18

Thesis 4. Obediential Power 24

Thesis 5. The Fetishization of Power: Power as Domination 30

Thesis 6. Strategic Political Action 36

Thesis 7. The Need for Political Institutions: The Material Sphere (Ecological, Economic, Cultural): Fraternity 43

Thesis 8. Institutions in the Spheres of Democratic Legitimacy and Feasibility: Equality and Liberty: Governability 50

Thesis 9. Ethics and the Implicit Normative Principles of Politics: The Material Principle 56

Thesis 10. The Formal-Democratic and Feasibility Principles of Politics 62

Part Two: The Critical Transformation of the Political: Toward the New Political Order

Thesis 11. The People: The Popular Sector and andquot;Populismandquot; 71

Thesis 12. Liberatory Power as Hyperpotentia and the andquot;State of Rebellionandquot; 78

Thesis 13. The Political Principles of Liberation: The Critical Material Principle 83

Thesis 14. The Critical-Democratic and Strategic Transformation Principles 88

Thesis 15. Liberation Praxis of Social and Political Movements 94

Thesis 16. Anti-Hegemonic Praxis and the Construction of a New Hegemony 103

Thesis 17. Transformation of Political Institutions: Reform, Transformation, Revolution: Political Postulates 108

Thesis 18. Transformation of Institutions in the Material Sphere: andquot;Perpetual Lifeandquot; and Solidarity 114

Thesis 19. Transformation of Institutions in the Sphere of Democratic Legitimacy: Irruption of New Rights: andquot;Perpetual Peaceandquot; and Alterity 122

Thesis 20. Transformation of Institutions in the Sphere of Feasibility: The andquot;Dissolution of the Stateandquot;? Liberation 131

Notes 139

Bibliography 151

Index 155

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822343288
Author:
Dussel, Enrique
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Translator:
Ciccariello-Maher, George
Foreword by:
Mendieta, Eduardo
Foreword:
Mendieta, Eduardo
Author:
Enriquand#233
Author:
Ciccariello-Maher, George
Author:
Dussel, Enriquand#233
Author:
Dussel, Enrique D.
Author:
Dussel
Author:
Mendieta, Eduardo
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Political
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Latin America Politics and government.
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Latin America in Translation/En Traduccion/Em Traducao
Publication Date:
20081131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 tables, 8 figures
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6.13 in

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