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Between Politics and Antipolitics

Thinking About Politics After 9/11


Part of the Political Philosophy and Public Purpose book series (POPHPUPU)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Dick Howard
    Pages 1-10
  3. Engaging with the Left

  4. Engaging with Predecessors

  5. Engaging with Philosophy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Dick Howard
      Pages 203-219
  6. Engaging with Contemporary Ideology

About this book


This book traces a dialectic relationship between “politics” and “antipolitics,” the first, as used here, being akin to philosophy as an activity of open inquiry, plural democracy, and truth-finding, and the latter in the realm of ideology, technocracy, and presupposed certainties. It returns back to the emergence of a New Left movement in the 1960s in order to follow the history of this relationship since then. It addresses contemporary debates by looking to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Bloc, and asking in the wake of that: what is a revolution? Finally, it draws on these analyses to examine the age of terrorism after the tragedy of September 11, 2001, and resounds with a call to pursue democracy and real politics in the face of new forms of antipolitics.


1989 Fall of communism 9/11 Political Thought Political theory Political History New Left

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony BrookStony BrookUSA

About the authors

Dick Howard is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Stony Brook University, USA, and the author of 14 books in English and French. He has commented regularly on politics in journals and newspapers French, English, and German for the past 50 years, from the civil rights movement in the US through May ’68 in France, to the Fall of the Berlin Wall, and beyond. From 2011-2012, he also provided 15 months of weekly commentary on US elections for Radio Canada.

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