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Untimely Politics
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The standard, linear view of history is founded on the belief that political outcomes are predetermined by what has gone before. This book challenges this view, arguing for what the author calls an "untimely" politics which renders the past problematic and the future unpredictable. The argument is advanced through a close reading of key texts in political theory and by entering into debates involving metaphysics, philosophy of language, and psychoanalysis versus discursive analysis. The ideas are based on the theme of the relevance of language analysis to political debate, answering those critics who insist discourse approaches to politics are irrelevant. Heidegger, Nietzsche, Foucault and Derrida are used to challenge the political burden which is placed on language analysis to prove its value in the real world.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction: 'Time is Out of Joint'; Chapter 1: Language and the 'Burden' of Politics; Chapter 2: Experience Language, Broaching Untimeliness; Chapter 3: Spectral History, Untimely Theory; Chapter 4: Untimely Reading: Foucault's Evasive Maneuvers; Chapter 5: Untimely Agency: Having the Historical Sense to 'Bypass' Psychoanalytic Theory; Chapter 6: The Untimely Politics of DOMA; Bibliography.

About the Author

Samuel A. Chambers is a lecturer in Politics at Johns Hopkins University.

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This tough-minded book considers the politics of political theory... Admirably clear in dealing with difficult concepts, this book will interest theorists looking to deepen the critical project of 'poststructuralism'! This is a lively book, a good addition to EUP's admirably left-field series 'Taking on the Political', and Chambers is certainly 'one to watch'. [A] splendid and, yes, timely book This is an excitingly disruptive book. It offers a substantial thesis in philosophy and then employs it productively. It is lucid, argumentative and topical. It wastes no words. Packs a powerful intellectual punch that should at a minimum produce a thoughtful pause in an important debate about the status of contemporary theory and its relevance to political life. This tough-minded book considers the politics of political theory... Admirably clear in dealing with difficult concepts, this book will interest theorists looking to deepen the critical project of 'poststructuralism'! This is a lively book, a good addition to EUP's admirably left-field series 'Taking on the Political', and Chambers is certainly 'one to watch'. [A] splendid and, yes, timely book This is an excitingly disruptive book. It offers a substantial thesis in philosophy and then employs it productively. It is lucid, argumentative and topical. It wastes no words. Packs a powerful intellectual punch that should at a minimum produce a thoughtful pause in an important debate about the status of contemporary theory and its relevance to political life.

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