New PDF release: A Just Society

By Michael Boylan

ISBN-10: 0742533263

ISBN-13: 9780742533264

"A simply Society represents a whole account of Boylan's unique worldview thought of ethics and social philosophy. within the ebook Boylan units out the root and alertness of the private worldview primary (for ethics) and the shared group worldview significant (for social philosophy). those shape the constitution for a rights-based deontological concept. all through, the publication employs narrative units and modern examples that make contributions to moral and political idea in addition to grounding an unique method of public philosophy."

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Cf. Walter Benjamin, 'Zur Kritik der Gewalt', in R. Tiedemann and H. Schweppenhauser (cds. I, GII_mllllll S~hrifltn, 179, 1977. ,dozo Law Rtvirw. vol. 13, no. 4, December 1991. 35 3 Why do Empty Signifiers Matter to Politics? The Social Production of 'Empty Signifien' An empty signifier is, stricrly speaking, a signifier without a signified. This definition is also, however, the enunciation of a problem. For how would it be possible that a signifier is not attached to any signified and remains, nevertheless, an integraJ parr of a system of signification?

The concrete aim of the struggle II lIut only that aim in its concreteness; it also signifies opposition III the system. The first signified establishes the differential character uf that demand or mobilization vis-a-vis all other demands or IIlfIbilizations. The second signified establishes the equivalence of "II these demands in their common opposition to the system. ingularity. The function of representing the system as a totality ,I('rends, consequently, on the possibility of the equivalentiaJ function nearly prevailing over the differential one; but this possibility is Nilllply the result of every single struggle always being already, IIriginally, penetrated by this constitutive ambiguity.

There is a second and perhaps more important reason why pure particularism is self-defeating. Let us accept, for the sake of the argument, that the above-mentioned pre-established harmony is possible. In that case, the various particularisms 26 UNIVERSALISM, PARTICULAIlISM AND THE QUESTION OF IDENTITY wnuld not be in antagonistic relation with each other, but would ,"('xist one with the other in a coherent whole. This hypothesis _hllWs clearly why the argument for pure particularism is ultimately inconsistent.

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