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Author Grollios, Vasilis, author.

Title Negativity and democracy : Marxism and the critical theory tradition / Vasilis Grollios
Published New York, NY : Routledge, 2017
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Series Routledge advances in democratic theory ; 6
Routledge advances in democratic theory ; 6
Contents Marx and Engels's critique of democracy : the materialist character of their concept of autonomy -- Dialectics and the transition to socialism in late F. Engels's philosophy of history : freeing Marx from the "withering away of the state" theory -- Max Horkheimer's dialectics rehabilitated : how Horkheimer's "open Marxism" cracks capitalism -- Dialectics and democracy in Georg Lukacs' Marxism -- False social totality and the ineffable integrity in T. Adorno's negative dialectics : the critical theorist and the challenges of the 21st century -- Determinate negation of the one-dimensional society : how Herbert Marcuse's great refusal cracks capitalism -- Finding hope in the nihilism of bourgeois life : Ernst Bloch's open Marxism reconsidered -- The descendants of negative dialectics : dialectics and democracy in open Marxism
Summary "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."--Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Capitalism -- Philosophy.
Critical theory.
Democracy -- Philosophy.
Marxist criticism.
Capitalism -- Philosophy.
Critical theory.
Democracy -- Philosophy.
Marxist criticism.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- National.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1315714841