How can activists combat the political paralysis that characterises the anti-dialectical Marxism of Foucault, Derrida and Deleuze, without reverting to a dogmatic orthodoxy? This book explores solutions in the 'negative dialectics' of Theodor Adorno.
The poststructuralist shift from dialectics to 'difference' has been so popular that it becomes difficult to create meaningful revolutionary responses to neoliberalism. The contributors to this volume come from within the anti-capitalist movement, and close to the concerns expressed in Negri and Hardt's Empire and Multitude. However, they argue forcefully and persuasively for a return to dialectics so a real-world, radical challenge to the current order can be constructed.
This is a passionate call to arms for the anti-capitalist movement. It should be read by all engaged activists and students of political and critical theory.
John Holloway is a Professor in the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades of the Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla in Mexico. He is the author of Crack Capitalism (Pluto, 2010), Change the World Without Taking Power (Pluto, 2019) and Negativity and Revolution (Pluto, 2008). Phil O'Keefe is Professor of Economic Development and Environmental Management at Northumbria University. He is also the Director of ETC-UK and co-author with Neil Middleton of Disaster and Development (Pluto, 1997), Redefining Sustainable Development (Pluto, 2001), Rio Plus Ten (Pluto, 2003) and co-editor of Negotiating Poverty (Pluto, 2003). Sergio Tischler is the co-editor (with Werner Bonefeld) of Negativity and Revolution (Pluto, 2008) and What is to be Done? Leninism, Anti-Leninist Marxism and the Question of Revolution Today (2002).
Acknowledgements I Introduction to the Issues 1. Negativity and Revolution: Adorno and Political Activism John Holloway. Fernando Matamoros, Sergio Tischler 2. Why Adorno? John Holloway 3. Pied Pipers and Polymaths: Adorno's Critique of Praxisism - Adrian Wilding II Negative Dialectics versus Neo-Structuralism 4. Antagonism and Difference: Negative Dialectics and Poststructuralism in View of the Critique of Modern Capitalism - Alberto R. Bonnet 5. Adorno and Post-vanguardism - Darij Zadnikar 6. Positive and Negative Autonomism. Or Why Adorno? Part 2 John Holloway III Emancipation and the Critique of Totality 7. Adorno: The Conceptual Prison of the Subject, Political Fetishism and Class Struggle - Sergio Tischler 8. Emancipatory Praxis and Conceptuality in Adorno - Werner Bonefeld IV The Politics of Sexuality and Art 9. Adorno, Non-identity, Sexuality - Marcel Stoetzler 10. Solidarity with the Fall of Metaphysics: Negativity and Hope - Fernando Matamoros 11. Mimesis and Distance: Arts and the Social in Adorno's Thought - Jose Manuel Martinez List of Contributors Name Index Subject Index