An Archaeology of the Political: Regimes of Power from the Seventeenth Century to the Present by Elías PaltiAn Archaeology of the Political: Regimes of Power from the Seventeenth Century to the Present by Elías Palti

An Archaeology of the Political: Regimes of Power from the Seventeenth Century to the Present

byElías Palti

Hardcover | March 14, 2017

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In the past few decades, much political-philosophical reflection has been dedicated to the realm of "the political." Many of the key figures in contemporary political theory-Jacques Rancière, Alain Badiou, Reinhart Koselleck, Giorgio Agamben, Ernesto Laclau, and Slavoj ?i?ek, among others-have dedicated themselves to explaining power relations, but in many cases they take the concept of the political for granted, as if it were a given, an eternal essence.

In An Archaeology of the Political, Elías José Palti argues that the dimension of reality known as the political is not a natural, transhistorical entity. Instead, he claims that the horizon of the political arose in the context of a series of changes that affirmed the power of absolute monarchies in seventeenth-century Europe and was successively reconfigured from this period up to the present. Palti traces this series of redefinitions accompanying alterations in regimes of power, thus describing a genealogy of the concept of the political. Perhaps most important, An Archaeology of the Political brings to theoretical discussions a sound historical perspective, illuminating the complex influences of both theology and secularization on our understanding of the political in the contemporary world.

Elías José Palti is principal researcher for the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (Argentina), a professor at both the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes and the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, and the director of the Center for Intellectual History at the National University of Quilmes. He is a 2009 Guggenheim Fe...
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Title:An Archaeology of the Political: Regimes of Power from the Seventeenth Century to the PresentFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pagesPublished:March 14, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780231179928

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword, by Dick HowardAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: A Conceptual History of the Political-the Archaeological Project1. The Theological Genesis of the Political2. The Tragic Scene: The Symbolic Nature of Power and the Problem of Expression3. The Discourse of Emancipation and the Emergence of Democracy as a Problem: The Latin American Case4. The Rebirth of the Tragic Scene and the Emergence of the Political as a Conceptual ProblemConclusion: The End of a Long Cycle-the Second Disenchantment of the WorldNotesBibliographyIndex

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At a time when confidence in virtually all traditional modes of governance is rapidly eroding, the historical roots of our current dilemma have to be exposed before any prospect can exist of viable solutions. In this bold and ambitious survey of Western political theory and practice since the 17th century, which draws its lessons from European and Latin American history, as well as baroque and modern art, Elias Palti provides a ruthlessly incisive analysis of the sources of our unfolding crisis. An Archaeology of the Political exemplifies the power of conceptual history at its best not only to illuminate the past, but also perhaps light the way a better future.