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A arguable examine the social politics of equality and cultural politics of difference.The cave in of communism, the increase of identification politics, and struggles over international governance have mixed to create new demanding situations for the Left: how one can do justice to valid claims for multiculturalism and democratization with out leaving behind the Left's historic-and nonetheless indispensable-commitment to fiscal equality? the best way to increase the knowledge of injustice by way of including cultural and political insult to financial harm? including Insult to damage tracks the talk sparked via Nancy Fraser's debatable attempt to mix redistribution, reputation, and illustration in a brand new figuring out of social justice. the quantity showcases Fraser's severe exchanges with best thinkers, together with Judith Butler, Richard Rorty, Iris Marion younger, Anne Phillips, and Rainer Frost. the result's a wide-ranging and now and then contentious exploration of various ways to rebuilding the Left.
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Instead, leisure had become a consumption good, and leisure-time merely a vacuum in which the good was to be possessed. The result was a sense of futility and anxiety among society’s youth, degenerating into a search for status and consumer symbols for the married. In the sense that the need for conformity and its search for status expressed ‘the raw feeling of futility periodically slaked in the Dreamland of the mass media’,56 utilitarianism was true to modern society. It did reflect people’s experiences and modes of behaviour, but it also blocked off the fundamental questions of the quality of cultural life or the purpose of work.
Socialist Humanism in the moral wilderness In ‘Notes from the Moral Wilderness’, an extended article for the New Reasoner, Alasdair MacIntyre developed a critique of liberal (individualist) morality which could stand as an implicit critique of Thompson’s own philosophy of Socialist Humanism. MacIntyre’s declared object was ‘to find expression at a theoretical level for a moral vision that . . will lead us out of the moral wilderness’1 in which Western capitalist society had found itself. In doing so, he took up Elizabeth Anscombe’s argument2 that the purpose of having moral rules – bound up as the virtues originally were with the Aristotelian telos of the 43 G.
105 Thompson (and, to a lesser extent, Taylor when he accepted that Marxism was a form of humanism, even if incomplete) chose the easy solution of attempting to retain Marxism as a core concept without investigating the consequences for the theoretical coherence of the new doctrine. The new republican conception of politics had found a formidable protagonist in Charles Taylor, whose theoretical acuity was leading him remorselessly to a rejection of the Marxist notion of the State as incompatible with the political self-rule of the community which constituted republican liberty.
Adding Insult to Injury: Nancy Fraser Debates Her Critics by Kevin Olson (Editor)