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The Rhetorical Foundations Of Society

Laclau, Ernesto

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Title: The Rhetorical Foundations Of Society

Publisher: Verso

Binding: Soft cover

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Coauthor of Hegemony and Socialist Strategy shows how rhetoric constitutes the social order. Num Pages: 229 pages. BIC Classification: HPCF; JPFC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 157 x 236 x 19. Weight in Grams: 366. . 2014. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781781681701

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Synopsis: The essays collected in this volume develop the theoretical perspective initiated in Laclau and Mouffe's classic Hegemony and Socialist Strategy, taking it in three principal directions. First, this book explores the specificity of social antagonisms and answers the question "What is an antagonistic relation?"?an issue which has become increasingly crucial in our globalized world, where the proliferation of conflicts and points of rupture is eroding their links to the social subjects postulated by classical social analysis. This leads Laclau to a second line of questioning: "What is the ontological terrain that allows us to understand the nature of social relations in our heterogeneous world?" This is a task he addresses with theoretical instruments drawn from analytical philosophy and from the phenomenological and structuralist traditions. Finally, central to the argument of the book is the basic role attributed to rhetorical tropes?metaphor, metonymy, catachresis?in shaping the "non-foundational" grounds of society.

Product Description: The essays collected in this volume develop the theoretical perspective initiated in Laclau and Chantal Mouffe?s classic Hegemony and Socialist Strategy. 

Central to the argument of The Rhetorical Foundations of Society is the establishment of rhetorical tropes?such as metaphor, metonymy and catachresis?as the ?non-foundational? grounds of society. From this basis, Laclau explores the state of social relations in today?s heterogeneous society. Employing analytical philosophy from both phenomenological and structuralist traditions, he seeks to locate an ontological terrain for interpersonal relationships. Further, he investigates the definition of social antagonism in an increasingly globalized world, where the proliferation of conflicts and points of rupture erodes crucial links between the social subjects postulated by classical social analysis. 

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