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Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice

Enlightenment in an Age of Destruction

Intellectuals, World Disorder, and the Politics of Empire

Authors: Britt, Christopher, Fenn, Paul, Subirats, Eduardo

  • Formulates a new understanding of a common concept (enlightenment) by framing it as a trans-historical and cross-cultural phenomenon
  • Provides an alternative to current resistance theory in arguing for new modes of intellectual engagement in politics in an age of crisis
  • Contextualizes the practice of critical theory within contemporary political discussions on topics such as climate change, nuclear proliferation, and war
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This book is about the ways in which modern enlightenment, rather than liberating humanity from tyranny, has subjected us to new servitude imposed by systems of mass manipulation, electronic vigilance, compulsive consumerism, and the horrors of a seemingly unending global war on terror. The main intellectual aims of this title are the following: the analysis of spectacle, the criticism of providential enlightenment, and the examination of positive dialectics. The spectacle, in this case, is the apotheosis of the culture industries, a total inversion of reality and of our existences. Providential enlightenment is not only a critique of the failure of enlightenment, but of the mutilation of historical enlightenments. Positive dialectics signal a new era of intellectual engagement in the construction of our historical future. During a time in which national democracies seem an imperial farce, it is not enough for intellectuals faced with all this destruction to blithely recommend resistance. The book thus ties American, British, French and German theoretical traditions into a reflexive challenge to the notion of intellectual as critic, and argues instead for a trespassive tradition of cultural leadership.

About the authors

Christopher Britt is Associate Professor at The George Washington University, USA. He is the author of Quixotism: The Imaginative Denial of Spain’s Loss of Empire (2005) and of Imperial Idiocy: A Reflection on Forced Displacement in the Americas (Forthcoming: 2017).

Paul Fenn is the leader of the Community Choice Energy movement to localize energy in the United States. He is the author of several hallmark U.S. laws (California AB117, 2002; Massachusetts Chapter 164; San Francisco Charter Section 9.107.8, 2001; Oakland Measure X, 1998); primary architect of implemented policies to localize and democratize energy (San Francisco, 2013, Sonoma County, 2014); and author of numerous published essays.

Eduardo Subirats is Professor at New York University, USA. He is the author of some forty books in Spanish, as well as many articles in Spanish, German, English, and Portuguese. His main books deal with topics of aesthetics, cultural theory, colonialism, and literary theory.



Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Redefining Enlightenment

    Subirats, Eduardo

    Pages 1-25

  • Critique of Providential Enlightenment

    Britt Arredondo, Christopher

    Pages 27-69

  • Enlightenment and Power

    Fenn, Paul Douglas

    Pages 71-125

  • Enlightenment in an Age of Destruction

    Subirats, Eduardo

    Pages 127-163

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-70784-6
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70783-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Enlightenment in an Age of Destruction
Book Subtitle
Intellectuals, World Disorder, and the Politics of Empire
Authors
Series Title
Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-70784-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-70784-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-70783-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 171
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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