• Title: From Bakunin to Lacan: Anti-Authoritarianism and the Dislocation of Power
  • Author: Saul Newman
  • ISBN: 9780739124550
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Paperback
  • From Bakunin to Lacan Anti Authoritarianism and the Dislocation of Power In its comparison of anarchist and poststructuralist thought From Bakunin to Lacan contends that the most pressing political problem we face today is the proliferation and intensification of power Sa
    In its comparison of anarchist and poststructuralist thought, From Bakunin to Lacan contends that the most pressing political problem we face today is the proliferation and intensification of power Saul Newman targets the tendency of radical political theories and movements to reaffirm power and authority, in different guises, in their very attempt to overcome it In hisIn its comparison of anarchist and poststructuralist thought, From Bakunin to Lacan contends that the most pressing political problem we face today is the proliferation and intensification of power Saul Newman targets the tendency of radical political theories and movements to reaffirm power and authority, in different guises, in their very attempt to overcome it In his examination of thinkers such as Bakunin, Lacan, Stirner, and Foucault Newman explores important epistemological, ontological, and political questions Is the essential human subject the point of departure from which power and authority can be opposed Or, is the humanist subject itself a site of domination that must be unmasked As it deftly charts this debate s paths of emergence in political thought, the book illustrates how the question of essential identities defines and re defines the limits and possibilities of radical politics today.

    One Reply to “From Bakunin to Lacan: Anti-Authoritarianism and the Dislocation of Power”

    1. In clear and concise language Newman discusses the potentials and problems of marxist and classical anarchist theory. The discussion uses the critique of sterner as a jumping off point toward post-structrualist thought. He proceeds to outline a path of resistance to power utilizing the work of a number of authors. The description of foucault's views on power are well structured and very readable, though foucault's actual work is quite roundabout. The "differance" of Derrida and the "lack" of Lac [...]

    2. This was as I recall a poor attempt to advance the confused concept of "post-left anarchy." Sorry, but it doesn't make sense to bring together a revolutionary like Bakunin with a reactionary pomo thinker like Foucault. Just absurd.

    3. A good exposition of post structuralist and anarchist thought, centering in on the problem of essentialist conceptualizaton, and the discursive regimes that form around them.

    4. Not entirely sold on Newman. There is something odd about trying to bring post-structuralism to anarchism in a dry analytic tone, but the section on Stirner was such a relief in a sea of simplistic readings of him from both those sympathetic or not

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