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Living politics by awakening history: A critical approach to Walter Benjamin through Sigmund Freud


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The first and second chapters of this dissertation focus on the theoretical relation between dreams, history, and politics in the writings of Walter Benjamin, paying particular attention to The Arcades Project. These chapters are an intervention in contemporary debates whose main concern is the articulation of a historiography that takes into consideration the political climate of its discursive field. Chapters three and four aim at presenting two self-understood leftists approaches to politics. In these chapters I present the limitations of these contemporary approaches when compared to the possibilities that a Benjaminian project offers. More generally, the dissertation seeks to formulate a politics that is attentive and responsive to silenced voices insofar as these can be articulated historically. Hence, in order for such historical articulation to take place the dissertation proposes a philosophy of history that encompasses marginalized subjects. This attempts if is to provide such philosophy of history it has to respect difference critically, and if it aims to provide a political openness to depoliticized subjects, it must do so outside the parameters of liberalism. Hence, I argue only a dialectical approach to the articulation of history and politics can sustain a critical history attentive to historical otherness and a leftist politics that remains outside the sphere of liberalism.

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Subject
Political science
Classification
0615: Political science
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Benjamin, Walter, Dreams, Ernesto Laclau, Freud, Sigmund, Historiography, Laclau, Ernesto, Leftist, Slavoj Zizek, Zizek, Slavoj
Title
Living politics by awakening history: A critical approach to Walter Benjamin through Sigmund Freud
Author
Betancourt-Serrano, Alex
Number of pages
172
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 67/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542629693
Advisor
Xenos, Nicholas
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3212724
ProQuest document ID
305305989
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305305989
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