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Adventures of the Symbolic: Post-marxism and Radical Democracy

Warren Breckman


This book critically revisits the reassessment of philosophical Marxism that took place in the middle of the twentieth century. It explores the efforts that were made to reconcile a radical and democratic political agenda with a politics that did not privilege materialist understandings of the social. It describes how Marxism's collapse in the twentieth century profoundly altered the style and substance of Western European radical thought. It explains how, in order to build a more robust form of democratic theory and action, prominent theorists moved to reject revolution, abandon class for mor ... More

Keywords: radical thought, Marxism, democratic theory, society, politics, German Romantics, symbolic, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Cornelius Castoriadis, Claude Lefort

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231143943
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231143943.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Warren Breckman, author
University of Pennsylvania