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By Michael Marder, Patricia Vieira

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Radical political considered the 20 th century was once ruled through utopia, however the failure of communism in japanese Europe and its disavowal in China has triggered the necessity for a brand new version of utopian idea. This publication therefore seeks to redefine the idea that of utopia and produce it to undergo on today's politics.

The unique essays, contributed by way of key thinkers comparable to Gianni Vattimo and Jean-Luc Nancy, spotlight the relationship among utopian concept and perform. The ebook reassesses the legacy of utopia and conceptualizes choices to the neo-liberal, technocratic regimes frequent in today's global. It argues that in basic terms utopia in its existential experience, grounded within the lived time and house of politics, can distance itself from mainstream ideology and never be on the carrier of technocratic regimes, whereas being attentive to the cloth stipulations of human life.

Existential Utopia deals a brand new and intriguing interpretation of utopia in modern tradition and a much-needed intervention into the philosophical and political dialogue of utopian considering that's either obtainable to scholars and finished.

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The post-historical human being no longer observes the course of the world with that tension of hope or fear, which marked a humanity dominated by an experience of linear time. From this point of view, we can, perhaps, draw a different lesson for the interpretation of post-apocalyptic utopia and for the Adornian dialectic of Enlightenment. The recovery and the transformation that the notion of dialectics undergoes in Adorno until it turns into “negative dialectics” are not primarily determined by logical and systematic reasons.

It is in light of the unification of space as a globalized territory, exposed to the universal intervention of the single superpower, that an initial explanation for the crisis of utopian thinking in today’s society could be put forth. It has been said that, as of the sixteenth century, utopia consisted in the representation of human possibilities that, although not accomplished in the European space, could (or even should) either be found in the New World or, at least, be tried out in this initially anomic and undetermined space.

Why, under the current circumstances, do we not widen our perspective so as to include the representation of a new future, which is precisely what characterizes the utopian way of thinking? In order briefly to map out an answer as to why the prospect of opening up to a new era represented in utopian terms seems impossible today, we will evoke three different issues. The first point will take into consideration the way in which presentday societies—the democratic liberal Western societies in which we live—represent themselves in such a way so as to exclude the possibility of projecting a different future.

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