Politics and the unconscious – An interview with Ernesto Laclau
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Introduction: Psychoanalysis and Politics
Ernesto, you have often stated that the focus of your work is primarily theoretical, contributing specifically to what you call a ‘political ontology’. It is also clear, however, that you don’t view doing theory as a purely speculative enterprise. This is evident, for example, in your claim that theoretical work ought to be informed by the experience we derive in our concrete practices and case studies.
In this context it may be helpful, by way of introduction, to get an initial reaction from you to a set of preliminary questions. To start with, how would you relate your current research to the present historical conjuncture, a conjuncture marked by the emerging dominance of Hugo Chavez in S. America, the election of Barack Obama in the United States, the global financial crisis and economic recession, the urgency of avoiding the fate of (or adapting to) global warming? You have remarked how your involvement in 1960s Argentinian politics...
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