Bosteels surveys, unpacks, criticizes the ideas of the big names of radical philosophy in the Anglophone metropoles, in short in Verso’s catalog.😅
It was though to keep up, since entire oeuvres were weighted, while I only read one or two minor works by Ranciere, Badiou, Zizek, among others. The biggest takeaway is to look for ‘new’ models, Bosteels here tackles the work of Alvaro Garcia Linera as a thinker and as Bolivia’s vice-president. Pretty illuminating, but not pushing far enough for me.
Along with Ciccariello-Maher, Bosteels is currently editing a series with Duke about recent radical thought from Latin America, will definitely check more of that stuff.
“In the face of such grandiose claims for the salvific dignity of philosophy or of postmetaphysical thinking, my plea for the work of theory is not meant as a mere substitute or envious competitor in the after all quite petty turf-battle among disciplines, methods, or fields of investigation. Rather, my goal is to instill a degree of modesty and realism in the reflection concerning politics and philosophy. Really existing socialism and communism, if in fact they are now bankrupt beyond salvage, did not fail but were defeated; their defeat and bankruptcy—or, alternatively, perhaps, their continuing actuality—are primarily not philosophical but political and ideological issues. Of course, this does not mean that we have no use for militant investigations into the theoretical limits and promises of the philosophy of praxis. But, again, such investigations should not mistake themselves for politics in the way critical (post-Kantian) or ontological (post-Heideggerian) inquiries into the essence of the political frequently present themselves as already being political—and, furthermore, as being more radically political because less metaphysical deluded than all hitherto existing politics.”