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– Theory versus Practice

Paul Bowman

in Post-Marxism Versus Cultural Studies

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780748617623
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652785 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617623.003.0003
– Theory versus Practice

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This chapter examines some key ways in which post-Marxist and related intellectual work (such as that of Judith Butler and Richard Rorty) conceives of itself as intervention, pursuing the matter of how institutional intellectual work construes itself whenever it seeks to be or affect an intervention. It explores this by considering some exemplary encounters at the borders of post-Marxism that look at the heart of the problem. These encounters and accounts, the chapter argues, reveal the form, orientation, hopes, and often less-than-explicitly declared or avowed metaphysical rationales, fantasies and presuppositions of much theory about political practice. The chapter explores the way theory and practice are thought, examining the way that certain of Laclau’s key engagements with other approaches have been orientated, organised and executed.

Keywords: post-Marxist; Judith Butler; Richard Rorty; institutional intellectual work; intervention; political practice; Laclau

Chapter.  29343 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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