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Towards a Post-Modern Understanding of the Political

From Genealogy to Hermeneutics

  • Authors
  • Andrius Bielskis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Andrius Bielskis
    Pages 1-29
  3. Andrius Bielskis
    Pages 30-94
  4. Andrius Bielskis
    Pages 95-162
  5. Andrius Bielskis
    Pages 163-184
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 185-216

About this book

Introduction

While claiming that liberalism is the dominant political theory and practice of modernity, this book provides two alternative post-modern theoretical approaches to the political. Concentrating on Nietzsche's and Foucault's work it offers a novel interpretation of their genealogical projects. It argues that genealogy can be applied to analyze different forms of cultural kitsch vis-à-vis the dominant political institutions of consumer capitalism. The problem with consumer capitalism is not so much that it exploits individuals, but that it fosters cheap human existence saturated with the artefacts of kitsch. Contrasting genealogy with hermeneutic philosophy, it calls for a renewal of hermeneutics within the Thomistic tradition.

Keywords

democracy Friedrich Nietzsche Hans-Georg Gadamer hermeneutics Kant Marx Michel Foucault Paul Ricœur philosophy political theory

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