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Making the Theory Political

  • Ignas Kalpokas
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Abstract

This chapter opens with a consideration of the relationship between representation and reality by discussing mimesis and verisimilitude to account for both the immersive inadequacy and criteria for truthlikeness of narratives. The chapter then proceeds with a consideration of the social and personal importance of narratives as structurers and upholders of identity, social as well as personal. The second part of the chapter first considers the relationship between post-truth and postmodern relativism before focusing on competition between and entrenchment of truth-claims (thereby providing partial stability to the social), mostly focusing on the ideas of Laclau while also updating some of his claims for the current environment. The chapter concludes with a discussion of striving for pleasure as a deeply engrained motivating principle of human action.

Keywords

Mimesis Verisimilitude Narrative Memory Identity Laclau Affective investment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesLCC International UniversityKlaipedaLithuania

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