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Understanding Poststructuralism (Understanding Movements in Modern Thought) Paperback – August 16, 2014
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"An imaginative and bold account of one of the most influential intellectual movements of the late twentieth century." Paul Patton, University of New South Wales "Williams establishes himself as one of the foremost English-language interpreters of French thought and presents a judicious evaluation of the poststructuralist movement as a whole." Daniel W. Smith, Purdue University
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James Williams is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dundee.
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Throughout, his prose engages the reader and builds an argument for the importance of post-structural thought amongst multiple disciplines, including philosophy, history, geography, economics, feminism, subaltern studies, sociology and anthropology - all the while critically engaging many oppositional voices that often arise in response to post-structural critical encounters with enlightenment (and other) philosophy. Williams' text does not give short thrift to those (humanists, marxists, etc) that aren't aligned with post-structuralism. Instead, he provides counter arguments which allow the reader to make their own decisions concerning his and others' theories. Finally, Williams makes explicit the politics of post-structuralism. To this reader, his emphasis upon post-structuralism as a political movement is a welcome addition to an impressive excavation of the works of Kristeva, Lyotard, Deleuze, Foucault and Derrida.
In addition to the study questions and further reading sections mentioned above, the text also includes a timeline which highlights important post-structural texts and events, and which aids the reader in constructing an evolutionary vision of an extremely important, yet just as fractured, politico-theoretical project. Highly recommended reading.