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The Political logic of discourse: a neo-Gramscian view

Martin, James. 2002. The Political logic of discourse: a neo-Gramscian view. History of European Ideas, 28, pp. 21-31. ISSN 0191-6599 [Article]

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This article contrasts Mark Bevir’s approach to the history of ideas with a neo-Gramscian theory of discourse. Bevir puts the case for an ‘anti-foundationalist’ approach to
understanding ideas, yet he defends a weak rationalism centred on individual intentions as the original source of all meanings. Discourse theorists--specifically Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe--also adopt an anti-foundationalist perspective but pursue its implications
beyond any rationalism. The advantages of discourse theory are argued to lie in its emphasis on power and conflict in the consitution and transformation of social meanings and identity. Laclau and Mouffe’s work, it is claimed, alerts us to a political logic of discourse that Bevir’s more rationalist approach to ‘ideas’ sidesteps.

Item Type:

Article

Additional Information:

An article on the idea of discourse.

Keywords:

Discourse; Ideology; Power; Anti-foundationalism; Laclau and Mouffe; Gramsci

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Politics
Politics

Dates:

DateEvent
2002Published

Item ID:

126

Date Deposited:

16 May 2008 15:31

Last Modified:

10 Jul 2018 06:51

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/126

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