Introduction: On the Absent Ground of the Social

Oliver Marchart

in Post-Foundational Political Thought

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780748624973
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672066 | DOI:
Introduction: On the Absent Ground of the Social

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This book on post-foundational political thought navigates around a curious difference, which has assumed some currency in recent continental and Anglo-American political thought: the difference between politics and the political. It explores the evolution of a particular leftist version not only of ‘post-structuralism’ (a term that reduces the genealogy of left Heideggerianism to the scientific paradigm of structuralism) but of post-foundationalism. Post-foundationalism must not be confused with anti-foundationalism or a vulgar and today somewhat out-dated ‘anything goes’ postmodernism, since a post-foundational approach does not attempt to erase completely such figures of the ground, but to weaken their ontological status. The different predicates given to the political by theorists as diverse as Paul Ricoeur, Chantal Mouffe, Jean-Luc Nancy, Alain Badiou, Jacques Rancière and others are of secondary nature when compared to what they share: these theorists see the necessity to split the notion of politics from within.

Keywords: political thought; politics; political; post-structuralism; left Heideggerianism; post-foundationalism; Paul Ricoeur; Chantal Mouffe; Jean-Luc Nancy; Alain Badiou

Chapter.  4054 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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