Negativity and Democracy

Marxism and the Critical Theory Tradition

The current political climate of uncompromising neoliberalism means that the need to study the logic of our culture-that is, the logic of the capitalist system-is compelling. Providing a rich philosophical analysis of democracy from a negative, non-identity, dialectical perspective, Vasilis Grollios encourages the reader not to think of democracy as a call for a more effective domination of the people or as a demand for the replacement of the elite that currently holds power. Les mer
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The current political climate of uncompromising neoliberalism means that the need to study the logic of our culture-that is, the logic of the capitalist system-is compelling. Providing a rich philosophical analysis of democracy from a negative, non-identity, dialectical perspective, Vasilis Grollios encourages the reader not to think of democracy as a call for a more effective domination of the people or as a demand for the replacement of the elite that currently holds power. In doing so, he aspires to fill in a gap in the literature by offering an out-of-the-mainstream overview of the key concepts of totality, negativity, fetishization, contradiction, identity thinking, dialectics and corporeal materialism as they have been employed by the major thinkers of the critical theory tradition: Marx, Engels, Horkheimer, Lukacs, Adorno, Marcuse, Bloch and Holloway.


Their thinking had the following common keywords: contradiction, fetishism as a process and the notion of spell and all its implications. The author makes an innovative attempt to bring these concepts to light in terms of their practical relevance for contemporary democratic theory.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

Contents





Foreword


Werner Bonefeld





Acknowledgements





Introduction





Chapter 1: Marx and Engels's Critique of Democracy:





The Materialist Character of their Concept of Autonomy





Chapter 2: Dialectics and the Transition to Socialism in Late F. Engels's Philosophy of





History: Freeing Marx from the `Withering Away of the State' theory





Chapter 3: Max Horkheimer's Dialectics Rehabilitated: How Horkheimer's `Open





Marxism' Cracks Capitalism





Chapter 4: Dialectics and Democracy in Georg Lukacs' Marxism





Chapter 5: False Social Totality and the Ineffable Integrity in T. Adorno's Negative





Dialectics: The Critical Theorist and the Challenges of the 21st Century





Chapter 6: Determinate Negation of the One-dimensional Society: How Herbert





Marcuse's Great Refusal Cracks Capitalism





Chapter 7: Finding Hope in the Nihilism of Bourgeois Life. Ernst Bloch's Open Marxism





Reconsidered





Chapter 8: The Descendants of Negative Dialectics. Dialectics and Democracy in Open





Marxism

Om forfatteren

Vasilis Grollios teaches under contract at the Greek Open university.