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By Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe

During this highly influential ebook, Laclau and Mouffe research the workings of hegemony and modern social struggles, and their importance for democratic conception. With the emergence of recent social and political identities, and the common assaults on Left conception for its essentialist underpinnings, Hegemony and Socialist Strategy is still as appropriate as ever, positing a much-needed antidote opposed to ‘Third Way’ makes an attempt to beat the antagonism among Left and correct.

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But our poor comrade, who later fell victim to police brutality, was imbued with philosophy and, as a good determinist, he wanted to show that he could not be declared responsible or be punished because he was not a free agent - everything in nature is programmed and predetermined. A hard-hearted but quick-witted judge could have replied: You're right. I can't in justice punish you or even blame you, for the reasons you have yow-self given. But for the same reasons, the priest who deceived you is not responsible; neither are the employers who starved you or the copper who tortured you - and by the same token I am not responsible for sentencing you to hard labour or the guillotine.

For that matter, so do the religious folk who believe in the eternal joys of paradise, yet who look to their well-being in this world and who, when they fall ill, or fear to die call in the doctor. Just as the poor mother who loses her little child believes, she is sure, that her child has become an angel and awaits her in heaven ... But in the meantime she weeps and despairs. July 1925 Note on Hz's article, cS cience and Anarchy' ... I n his lecture of 6 March 1 896, t o which our Norwegian comrade Hz refers, Kropotkin neither explains nor justifies the idea - to me an absurd and arbitrary one - that Anarchy is 'a concept of the universe based on a mechanistic interpretation of phenomena.

As a layman I empirically, for my own personal use, divide what 'philosophers' say into two parts: what I understand and what I do not. As regards the part I understand I find truths, errors, doubts, hypotheses and problems - all of gre . interest but which, in the end, can all be subsumed under the heading of scientific inquiry - if, that is, logic and psychology may be included among the sciences. As regards the part I don't understand, I sense daydreams, tautologies, arguments about words . .

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