The Resource 'Dancing in chains' : narrative and memory in political theory, Joshua Foa Dienstag

'Dancing in chains' : narrative and memory in political theory, Joshua Foa Dienstag

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'Dancing in chains' : narrative and memory in political theory
Title
'Dancing in chains'
Title remainder
narrative and memory in political theory
Statement of responsibility
Joshua Foa Dienstag
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • The book maintains that philosophical texts frequently persuade through the creation of a role that they invite their audience to inhabit. Political theory is most powerful not when it erects timeless principles, but when it alters readers understanding of their own past and future. By this the author means that a theorist's account of history or of time itself is in many instances the center of (and not merely an addendum to) an account of human nature and politics; political theory seeks not so much to reform our morals as to reshape our memories. This book investigates the place of narrative in politics in two ways. It offers a hypothesis of a broad connection between political identity and narrative, and it analyzes three major figures in the history of political thought - Locke, Hegel, and Nietzche - to demonstrate that their work is best understood through the hypothesis. The author argues that each of these philosophers rewrites the past in an attempt to direct the future
  • For Locke, this involves replacing the patriarchal history of kingly authority with a more naturalistic past grounded in episodes of consent - an act that he believes will replace a tyrannical future with a free one. In contrast, Hegel's approach to the past is aesthetic, and each epoch of history is understood as a work of art. Despite the romantic overtones of this view, the frozenness of these images results, for Hegel, in a weakly imagined future, Nietzsche's narrative is at once the most open and the most gruesome, emphasizing the centrality of violence in human history but also holding out hope for a redemption of that history in a particular future. This redemptive approach to the past, the author argues, is superior to the alternatives in that it supports the strongest account of human freedom
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1965-
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Dienstag, Joshua Foa
Index
index present
LC call number
JA71
LC item number
.D52 1997
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Locke, John
  • Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm
  • Locke, John
  • Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm
  • Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich
  • Locke, John
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm
  • Locke, John
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich
  • Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich
  • Political science
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • Memory (Philosophy)
  • Hermeneutics
  • Politieke theorie
  • Science politique
  • Narration
  • Mémoire (Philosophie)
  • Herméneutique
  • Hermeneutics
  • Memory (Philosophy)
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • Political science
  • Politieke theorie
  • Politische Philosophie
Label
'Dancing in chains' : narrative and memory in political theory, Joshua Foa Dienstag
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [251]-259) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Plotters of Political Theory -- pt. I -- John Locke. 1. A World Without Dreams. 2. Plotting Liberty Under a Gray Sky -- pt. II -- Friedrich Nietzsche. 3. The Reveries of the Solitary. 4. The Future of Pain -- pt. III -- G.W.F. Hegel. 5. The Temple of Memory -- pt. IV -- Visions of Past and Future. 6. Reconciliation or Redemption? 7. The Politics of Memory
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 268 pages
Isbn
9780804729246
Lccn
96044652
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)35599948
  • (OCoLC)ocm35599948
Label
'Dancing in chains' : narrative and memory in political theory, Joshua Foa Dienstag
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [251]-259) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Plotters of Political Theory -- pt. I -- John Locke. 1. A World Without Dreams. 2. Plotting Liberty Under a Gray Sky -- pt. II -- Friedrich Nietzsche. 3. The Reveries of the Solitary. 4. The Future of Pain -- pt. III -- G.W.F. Hegel. 5. The Temple of Memory -- pt. IV -- Visions of Past and Future. 6. Reconciliation or Redemption? 7. The Politics of Memory
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 268 pages
Isbn
9780804729246
Lccn
96044652
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)35599948
  • (OCoLC)ocm35599948

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