We can now answer the question that has provided our first point of orientation. What is depoliticization critique? We need to start off by distinguishing between its localized and generalized varieties. In its localized variety, depoliticization critique is unable to invert the priority relation between ontology and politics, and can for that reason have depoliticizing … Continue reading Finishing touches: what is depoliticization critique?
A few posts back, I proposed that the concept of self-withdrawal is key to understanding current depoliticization processes. Self-withdrawal depends on the kind of spectator attitude that is dismissed by depoliticization critique. The attitude itself is informed by a particular ontology, which is seen as objective and fixed. As Ernesto Laclau has put it, the … Continue reading Depoliticization: a crucial distinction
With Rousseau, we left behind the ontology and reified anthropology that had founded and closed off politics in the tradition before him; and we saw how this entailed responsibility for humankind as such. However, this responsibility was one towards a common good that was itself reified into the concept of the general will, which sets … Continue reading Depolcrit #13: Into Ethics, Derrida
Nietzsche's eventual affirmation of the moral position is present in part as anticipation of what is to come. Future man, for Nietzsche, is beyond bad conscience not only in the sense that, like the lords of old, he does not hear a restrictive and self-chastising inner voice, but also because, in this respect rather unlike … Continue reading Depolcrit #12: Into Ethics, Nietzsche (2/2)