Political Uses of Utopia

New Marxist, Anarchist, and Radical Democratic Perspectives

S. Chrostowska (Redaktør) ; James Ingram (Redaktør)

Serie: New Directions in Critical Theory 26

Utopia has long been banished from political theory, framed as an impossible-and possibly dangerous-political ideal, a flawed social blueprint, or a thought experiment without any practical import. Even the "realistic utopias" of liberal theory strike many as wishful thinking. Les mer
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Utopia has long been banished from political theory, framed as an impossible-and possibly dangerous-political ideal, a flawed social blueprint, or a thought experiment without any practical import. Even the "realistic utopias" of liberal theory strike many as wishful thinking. Can politics think utopia otherwise? Can utopian thinking contribute to the renewal of politics? In Political Uses of Utopia, an international cast of leading and emerging theorists agree that the uses of utopia for politics are multiple and nuanced and lie somewhere between-or, better yet, beyond-the mainstream caution against it and the conviction that another, better world ought to be possible. Representing a range of perspectives on the grand tradition of Western utopianism, which extends back half a millennium and perhaps as far as Plato, these essays are united in their interest in the relevance of utopianism to specific historical and contemporary political contexts. Featuring contributions from Miguel Abensour, Etienne Balibar, Raymond Geuss, and Jacques Ranciere, among others, Political Uses of Utopia reopens the question of whether and how utopianism can inform political thinking and action today.

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Introduction: Utopia and Politics, by James D. Ingram Part I. Reviving Utopia 1. The History of Utopia and the Destiny of Its Critique, by Miguel Abensour 2. Is the Classic Concept of Utopia Ready for the Future?, by Richard Saage 3. Utopia and Natural Illusions, by Francisco Fernandez Buey Part II. Questioning Utopia 4. Marx and Utopia, by Franck Fischbach 5. General Wish or General Will? Political Possibility and Collective Capacity from Rousseau Through Marx, by Peter Hallward 6. After Utopia, Imagination?, by Etienne Balibar 7. A Strange Fate for Politics: Jameson's Dialectic of Utopian Thought, by John Grant Part III. Utopia and Radical Politics 8. The Reality of Utopia, by Michele Riot-Sarcey 9. Negativity and Utopia in the Global Justice Movement, by Michael Lowy 10. Utopianism and Prefiguration, by Ruth Kinna Part IV. Permanence of Utopia 11. The Senses and Uses of Utopia, by Jacques Ranciere 12. Realism, Wishful Thinking, Utopia, by Raymond Geuss 13. Desire and Shipwreck: Powers of the Vis Utopica, by Etienne Tassin Coda 14. Utopia, Alibi, by S. D. Chrostowska List of Contributors Index

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S. D. Chrostowska teaches humanities and social and political thought at York University and is the author of the critical-philosophical fragments Matches (2015), the novel Permission (2013), and Literature on Trial: The Emergence of Critical Discourse in Germany, Poland, and Russia, 1700-1800 (2012). James D. Ingram teaches political theory at McMaster University. He is the author of Radical Cosmopolitics: The Ethics and Politics of Democratic Universalism (Columbia, 2013).