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The Resources of Critique


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Introduction Part I: Four Kinds of Impasse 1. Modernity and its Promises: Habermas and Bidet 1.1 Between sociological suspicion and the rule of law: Jurgen Habermas 1.2 With and against Marx and Rawls: Jacques Bidet 2. Between Relativism and Universalism: French Critical Sociology 2.1 Capitalism and its critiques: Boltanski and Chiapello 2.2 The dialectic of universal and particular: Pierre Bourdieu 3. Touching the Void: Badiou and i ek 3.1 The exception is the norm 3.2 Miracles do happen: the ontology of Alain Badiou 3.3 Unreal: Slavoj i ek and the proletariat 4. The Generosity of Being: Antonio Negri 4.1 All is grace 4.2 Negri's Grundrisse: revolutionary subjectivity versus Marxist 'objectivism' 4.3 The refusal of transcendence Part II: Three Dimensions of Progress 5. A Critical Realist Ontology 5.1 The story so far 5.2 Dimensions of realism 6. Structure and Contradiction 6.1 Realism about structures 6.2 The primacy of contradiction 6.3 A dialectic of nature? 7. Justice and Universality 7.1 From fact to value 7.2 Equality and well-being 7.3 Why equality matters 8. Conclusion

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Alex Callinicos is Professor of European Studies at Kings College, London.


"Sharp, lucid and wide-ranging, The Resources of Critique subjects modern political theory to the test of a robust materialism, and in doing so constitutes a vital contribution to such a theory in its own right." Terry Eagleton, University of Manchester

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