Political Essay

Classicos. André Gorz. Somos presos de una tela que nosotros mismos hemos tejido y tejemos a diario

July 4th, 2014

Modified translation into Spanish of earlier article on André Gorz.  Published in La Maleta de Portbou,Mayo-Junio 2014, pp. 82ff.

Andre Gorz und die philosophische Voraussetzungen des Politischen

March 9th, 2014

The most complete version of the several Gorz articles in english (logos) or french (esprit); this post includes also the other articles solicited by André Hager and Harald Bluhm for the journal Berliner Debatte. Initial.

Read:  Gorz-Initial

Renouer avec le politique

December 4th, 2013

Interview dans Le Monde (5 novembre 2013) sous le rubrique “Regards sur la France.”  Cet entretien qui occupe une page entière du journal m’a permis de mettre en contexte beaucoup de mes préoccupations théoriques et pratiques, qu’il s’agisse des deux révolutions française et américaine, des deux cultures qui s’en sont suivies, et leur impact sur la crise actuelle du politique dans les deux cultures.  Ce qui est nouveau, à la suite des conférences dont la Fondation Jaurès et le texte sur le site Esprit, c’est l’idée exprimée sur la Une du Monde qui présente l’entretien: “la pensée française a perdu de son influence dans ses frontières, mais aussi à l’étranger.  Il constate également que “l’état avance aux États-Unis tandis qu’il recule en France”.  

Ci-jointes deux versions de l’entretien:  l’imprimée (qui montre la mise en page du journal) et “lisible” qui est d’accès plus facile.

Lire:  Monde, lisible…

Voir:  Monde, imprimé

“Foreword” to Martin Breaugh, THE PLEBEIAN EXPERIENCE. A DISCONTINUOUS HISTORY OF POLITICAL FREEDOM

December 4th, 2013

Series Editor’s Foreword (pp. xi-xiv)  to Martin Breaugh, The Plebeian Experience.  A Discontinuous History of Political Freedom (Columbia University Press “Studies in Political Thought/Political History”).  Breaugh’s provocative study begins with the historical examples of the Roman republic, the Ciompi in Florence, the Carnival in Romans, and the Mansaniello in Naples.  It turns then to the “philosophical genesis ” of what he calls the “plebeian principle” from Marchiavelli through Rancière.  The study then turns to the French revolution, the English Jacobins and the Paris Commune.  The third part of the book tries briefly, in 40 suggestive pages, to draw some contemporary conclusions concerning what Breaugh calls the “social bond of fraternity” (from the Sans-Culottes), the “political bond of plurality” (from the English Jacobins)  and the “political bond of association association” (from the Commune).

The editorial Foreword puts this study also in the context of the CUP “Studies in Political Thought/Political History” edited by Dick Howard.

André Gorz & the Philosophical Foundation of the Political

November 12th, 2013

I wrote first about André Gorz in the early 1970s, in an essay on the New Working Class that later became a chapter in The Marxian Legacy.  We continued to correspond over the years; and he dedicated a later essay to me.  This has led some analysts to ask me questions about Gorz; and it has led others to find some of our correspondence in his Archives at the IMEC in France (full copies of my part, and some missing letters of his are at my Archives at the library of Stony Brook University).

This essay returns to some of the problems that we discussed over the years (but it is not based on archival work, only memory and a rereading of his work).  Especially important is the early philosophical treatise, Fondements pour une morale, and also Le traître.   Perhaps most enlightening for me who knew him is the Lettre à D…,  which seems to me to put an entirely new spin on the thin skin of the early existentialist.

Read:  Gorz dans Logos

“Il faut “renouer avec le politique”

November 12th, 2013

Interview of Dick Howard by Marc-Olivier Behrer for Le Monde (le 4 novembre 2013).  Regards sur la France contemporaine, sa politique, sa culture, et sa philosophie.  Mise en oeuvre d’un point de vue comparative.  Et esquisse de plusieurs thèmes qui mérite discussion à la lumière du “shutdown” gouvernemental américain et sentiment de crise non maîtrisée en France.  Notamment la distinction d’une démocratie républicaine d’une république démocratique.

Lire la page entière du Monde:  Monde, lisible…

Lire cette page dans un format plus agréable:  Monde, imprimé

Claude Lefort: A Political BiographyCl

July 5th, 2013

“Claude Lefort: A Political Biography,” published in Martin Plot, ed., Claude Lefort.  Thinker of the Political (New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp. 15-22.

 

Forward to Breckman, “Adventures of the Symbolic. Post-Marxism and Radical Democracy”

June 5th, 2013

Series Editor forward to Warren Breckman, Adventures of the Symbolic.  Post-Marxism and Radical Democracy (Columbia University Press, “Political Thought/Political History”), pp. xi-xv.  Conveys the excitement of reading this path-breaking study, and draws on analogy in title to Merleau-Ponty’s “Adventures of the Dialectic,” the essay that defined “Western Marxism” while criticizing not only its Stalinist realization in the USSR but also its “existential” variant in Sartre’s “ultra-bolshevism”… a position not without echoes in Breckman’s last chapter which discusses among others Badiou and Zizek!

Forward to Breckman: Adventures of the Symbolic: Post-Marxism and Radical Democracy

Un parcours philosophique et politique franco-américain, via Castoriadis, Lefort et Gorz etc.

May 26th, 2013

Interview paru primitivement dans Platypus Review, reprise dans la revue du MAUSS avec une nouvelle préface.

Lire:  Un parcours philosophique

 

 

Politics and Anti-Politics

December 19th, 2012

Essay published in English in Critical Theory and Democracy.  Civil society, dictatorship, and constitutionalism in Andre Arato’s democratic theory, edited by Enrique Peruzzotti and Martín Plot (New York:  Routledge, 2012), pp. 29-40.

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