A Leftist Ontology: Beyond Relativism and Identity Politics by Carsten Strathausen, William E. Connolly

By Carsten Strathausen, William E. Connolly

Rich with analyses of thoughts from deconstruction, structures idea, and post-Marxism, with evaluations of fundamentalist proposal and the warfare on terror, this quantity argues for constructing a philosophy of being with a view to triumph over the crisis of postmodern relativism. Undergirding the contributions are the premises that ontology is a crucial inspiration for philosophy this present day, that an appropriate leftist ontology needs to stay away from the type of identification politics that has ruled fresh cultural reviews, and new ontology has to be positioned inside worldwide capitalism. A Leftist Ontology bargains a well timed intervention in political philosophy, that includes a few of the prime voices of our time.

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Its essence is performed and its nature constructed. No ontology is objectively true in a scientific or logical sense. Such insights into the essence of Being remain God's prerogative, if you wish. As Strauss keeps reminding his readers, the modern endorsement of objectivity itself constitutes a value judgment that exists side by side with other moral, religious, or political values and not above them. 22 By contrast, Strauss, at his best moments, recognizes the fundamental contestability of a philosophical truth statement while at the same time he keeps defending the validity of its insights.

Habermas's antipathy to Schmitt is well known. For him, the "really problematic move that Carl Schmitt makes ... "33 Schmitt's separation of democracy (that is, the question of political identity) and liberalism (that is, the question of political consensus) is meant to guarantee "an ethically homogeneous substratum of the population" by "reducing it to argument-free acclamation by immature masses," Habermas argues in "The Horrors of Autonomy" (139). Schmitt's goal is to create a homogeneous inside (the friends) by banishing all foreign elements (the enemy) to the outside.

Habermas's antipathy to Schmitt is well known. For him, the "really problematic move that Carl Schmitt makes ... "33 Schmitt's separation of democracy (that is, the question of political identity) and liberalism (that is, the question of political consensus) is meant to guarantee "an ethically homogeneous substratum of the population" by "reducing it to argument-free acclamation by immature masses," Habermas argues in "The Horrors of Autonomy" (139). Schmitt's goal is to create a homogeneous inside (the friends) by banishing all foreign elements (the enemy) to the outside.

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