1st Edition

Revolutionary Subjectivity in Post-Marxist Thought Laclau, Negri, Badiou

By Oliver Harrison Copyright 2014

    Since the onset of the Global Financial Crisis the ideas of Karl Marx have once again become prominent in social and political thought. This book turns to Marx’s theory of revolutionary subjectivity as a means of assessing the work of three contemporary global theorists: Ernesto Laclau, Antonio Negri, and Alain Badiou, considered here together for the first time.

    Chapter 1 Introduction, Oliver Harrison; Chapter 2 From Marxism to Post-Marxism, Oliver Harrison; Chapter 3 Revolutionary Subjectivity in Marxist Thought, Oliver Harrison; Chapter 4 Ernesto Laclau – Hegemony and ‘The People’, Oliver Harrison; Chapter 5 Antonio Negri – Self-valorisation and ‘The Project of the Multitude’, Oliver Harrison; Chapter 6 Alain Badiou – Event, Truth, and the ‘Communist Hypothesis ’, Oliver Harrison; Chapter 7 Conclusion, Oliver Harrison;


    Oliver Harrison is a lecturer in Political Theory at Nottingham Trent University.

    ’This book is a substantive and innovative attempt to bring together and analyse the transformation of Marxism into post-Marxism. Harrison's novel approach, comprehensive exposition and rich textual engagement enables those with only broad knowledge of the field to understand the particular challenges and developments of post-Marxism, both of which are often complicated beyond reason. It is well worth the read.’ Dr Matthew Johnson, Lancaster University, UK ’Harrison's book is a highly readable and significant work of political theory. It shows the continuing relevance of Marx via a study of revolutionary subjectivity and the post-Marxism of Laclau, Badiou and Negri. It is a lively and intelligent assessment of Marx and his contemporary legacy.’ Gary Browning, Oxford Brookes University, UK