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Verso, 1996 - Philosophy - 124 pages
In Emancipation(s), Ernesto Laclau addresses a central question: how have the changes of the last decade, together with the transformation in contemporary thought, altered the classical notion of "emancipation" as formulated since the Enlightenment? Our visions of the future and our expectations of emancipation, have been deeply affected by the changes of recent history: the end of the Cold War, the explosion of new ethnic and national identities, the social fragmentation under late capitalism, and the collapse of universal certainties in philosophy and social and historical thought. Laclau here begins to explore precisely how our visions of emancipation have been recast under these new conditions.

Laclau examines the internal contradictions of the notion of "emancipation" as it emerged from the mainstream of modernity, as well as the relation between universalism and particularism which is inherent in it. He explores the making of political identities and the status of central notions in political theory such as "representation" and "power," focusing particularly on the work of Derrida and Rorty. Emancipation(s) is a significant contribution to the reshaping of radical political thought.

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Ernesto Laclau is Emeritus Professor at the University of Essex, Great Britain, and in the past has been Distinguished Professor of Humanities and Rhetorical Studies at Northwestern University and also Distinguished Professor at the Department of Comparative Literature, State University of New York (Buffalo). He is author of numerous books on Political Theory and Philosophy. He has extensively lectured in many universities in North America, Latin America, Europe, Australia and South Africa..

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