Depolcrit #6: Morality as suspect, Rancière (1/2)

There is a double context for Rancière's political work (cf. Davis 2010, 99-100). First, the triumphalist announcement of the end of history, where our ideological evolution is said to have culminated in liberal democracy (Fukuyama 1992). Fukuyama himself makes a cameo appearance as the “conspicuous American” (Rancière 1990, 3). In a sense, the ideas of … Continue reading Depolcrit #6: Morality as suspect, Rancière (1/2)


Depolcrit #5: Morality as suspect, Mouffe

We may be tempted to think that using the word ‘depoliticization’ in a critical sense requires the assumption that the true version of politics is in some sense morally superior to the untrue version. But then we are assuming that all conceptions of politics make use of a moral league table, and this turns out … Continue reading Depolcrit #5: Morality as suspect, Mouffe

Depolcrit #4: Political difference

We have thus far considered depoliticization critique in general terms, following the embryonic definition from the first post. We are now in a position to specify the critical point of depolcrit: when targeting part of what goes on within institutional politics, the critic of depoliticization singles it out as not properly or authentically political (Vollrath … Continue reading Depolcrit #4: Political difference

Populism as politics: Laclau

A discussion of populism today needs to feature Ernesto Laclau. It is not only his entanglement with the important discussions and concepts within ‘continental’ political philosophy, but also and perhaps primarily his strong influence on European politics as an academic that makes him important to discuss. Through his position at the University of Essex, he … Continue reading Populism as politics: Laclau