Is Antagonism a Good Name for Radical Negativity? A Review of Oliver Marchart's Thinking Antagonism

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Marchart’s Thinking Antagonism is, systematically following one of the leads of Laclau’s theory –the radical reading (or rather thinking) of antagonism and the Political –to their final conclusions: antagonism lies at the root of every social being –qua being. Despite Marchart’s explicit renunciationI argue it seems more promising to follow the other. It involves accepting radical negativity defies any apprehension, that any action –including antagonizing –always already is a specific articulation. This is better grasped through the concept of dislocation and through Derridean hauntology. De-ontologizing antagonism also means de-ontologizing politics which reintroduces ethics as an ‘ethics of politization’.
Translated title of the contributionEr antagonisme et godt navn for radikal negativitet? Anmeldese af Oliver Marcharts Thinking Antagonism
Original languageEnglish
JournalEtica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)533-542
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Antagonism
  • Laclau
  • Radical Negativity
  • Hauntology
  • Ethics of politization
  • dislocation

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