Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Political Theory offers fresh and thought-provoking perspectives on some of the most pressing political concerns of our times.
The volume includes a dozen articles that draw upon a wide spectrum of social sciences and humanities (political science, sociology, international studies, psychoanalysis, philosophy, cultural studies) to explore the historically-grounded contemporaneity and the interdisciplinarity of political theory. It represents the joint endeavor of the editor and 12 outstanding scholars affiliated with renowned academic institutions spanning four continents.
The contributors shed light on and provide insights into a broad range of issues that are of current relevance in the domains of both theory and practice. The book covers considerable ground as it grapples with a variety of topics (democracy, justice, civil society, torture), thinkers (Camus, Rawls, Habermas, Derrida) and frameworks (Marxism, critical theory, public choice, feminism).
The central contention of the book is that the destiny of humankind will depend increasingly upon our collective intellectual and practical capacity to shape the global configuration of capital, power and knowledge that is emerging in the matrix of late modernity.
Chapter 8: Dismantling the Political1
Dismantling the Political1
It is intrinsic to the nature of concepts that they cannot be confined to a single language game.2 Moreover, the range of language games in which a concept participates need not have structural implications. Yet, a distinction between concepts based on the range of their participation in cognate and non-proximate language games can be important for analytic purposes. Concepts that are confined more or less to a single language game or to cognate language games, require an analytic mode different from that which is required for concepts that are integral constituents of a variety of remotely related or unrelated language games. Speaking in terms of the trajectory of a concept across language games, there is a difference between a ...