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Scatter 1The Politics of Politics in Foucault, Heidegger, and Derrida$
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Geoffrey Bennington

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823270521

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823270521.001.0001

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Introduction: The Politics of Politics

Introduction: The Politics of Politics

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Geoffrey Bennington

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DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823270521.003.0007

The Introduction diagnoses a pervasive dogmatism and moralism in widespread dismayed reactions to perceived crisis of liberal democracy in the contemporary political world. The concept of “the politics of politics” is introduced to suggest that these reactions (and indeed most political philosophy) attempt to remove the politics from politics and thus radically miss their object in their effort to reach more secure ground in Truth. It is suggested that deconstruction allows for a thinking of politics that affirms the irreducibility of “the politics of politics” without losing sight of the true and the good.

Keywords:   liberalism, politics, sophistry

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