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Book review: the misguided search for the political by Lois McNay

Di Bernardo, Francesco (2014) Book review: the misguided search for the political by Lois McNay. LSE Review of Books (30 Jul 2014). Website.

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In The Misguided Search for the Political, Lois McNay argues that some theories of radical democracy tend to rely on troubling abstractions – or what she terms ‘socially weightless’ thinking. They often propose ideas of the political that are so far removed from the logic of everyday practice that, ultimately, their supposed emancipatory potential is thrown into question. Radical democratic theory should instead attend more closely to a phenomenology of negative social experience. Francesco di Bernardo recommends the book to students of politics and philosophy, after finding some fresh and insightful perspectives on radical democracy.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2017 14:19
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2021 23:17

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