A Critique of the Ontological Primacy of the Political

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    In this paper I take issue with the status granted the political in the writings of Laclau and Mouffe. The main conclusion is that the claim of the ontological primacy of the political over the social must be given up. What can be maintained is the autonomy of the political (vis a vis other possible forms of articulations) and the general possibility of political articulations of all social identities. However, such a possibility cannot elevate the political to an ontological primary status, since the possibility of politization is paralleled with the possibility for all other types of social articulations of artistic, economic, etc. character. In terms of the recent development in discourse theory, my main claim is that the political conceptualises one specific set of logics, next to, and on the same ontological level, as other logics (economic etc.)
    Translated title of the contributionEn kritik af det Politiskes ontologiske primat
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date12 Apr 2013
    Number of pages19
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2013
    EventThinking the Political: The Work of Ernesto Laclau - University of Brighton, Brighton, United Kingdom
    Duration: 10 Apr 201312 Apr 2013


    ConferenceThinking the Political
    LocationUniversity of Brighton
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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