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The Post-Political and Its DiscontentsSpaces of Depoliticization, Spectres of Radical Politics$
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Japhy Wilson and Erik Swyngedouw

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748682973

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682973.001.0001

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Neither Cosmopolitanism nor Multipolarity:

Neither Cosmopolitanism nor Multipolarity:

The Political Beyond Global Governmentality

(p.208) 10 Neither Cosmopolitanism nor Multipolarity
The Post-Political and Its Discontents

Hans-Martin Jaeger

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter builds on recent criticisms of the speculative left and more abstract-declarative or metaphysical readings of the truly political. It does so by turning to the historically and geographically nuanced critique of speculative philosophy in the writings of Antonio Gramsci. Gramsci, I argue, critiques what we understand as the ‘post-political condition’ through a philosophy of praxis that is deeply attentive to questions of translation, both between different contexts and between philosophy and politics. Nevertheless, understandings of Gramsci have been refracted over the last four decades through a range of different projects, each of which have sought to capture his legacy for its own ‘political’ ends. In this regard, I trace Chantal Mouffe’s relationship with Gramsci as in part representative of both changing understandings of the political and also of the changing reception of Gramsci’s work. For Gramsci to become a key ally in the contemporary critique of the post-political condition, we need to understand not only how to transform a philosophy of praxis from a speculative to an absolute immanence but also the manner in which readings of Gramsci and the political are overdetermined by the different conjunctures in which they appear.

Keywords:   Speculative leftism, Post-politics, Praxis, Chantal Mouffe, Antonio Gramsci

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