1st ed. - New York : Fordham University Press, 2009.
Book — v, 295 p. ; 24 cm.
Introduction: On Massimo Cacciari's disenchanted activism / Alessandro Carrera
Impracticable utopias : Hofmannsthal, Lukács, Benjamin
Nietzsche and the unpolitical
Weber and the critique of socialist reason
The language of power in Canetti : a scrutiny
Law and justice : on the theological and mystical dimensions of the modern political
The geophilosophy of Europe
Weber and the politician as tragic hero.
Massimo Cacciari is one of the leading public intellectuals in today's Italy. This collection of essays on political topics provides the best introduction in English to his thought to date. This carefully curated collection includes chapters on Hofmannsthal, Lukacs, Benjamin, Nietzsche, Weber, Derrida, Schmitt, Canetti, and Aeschylus. Written between 1978 and 2006, these essays engagingly address the most hidden tradition in European political thought: the unpolitical. Far from being a refusal of politics, "The Unpolitical" represents a merciless critique of political reason and a way out of the now impracticable consolations of utopia and harmonious community. A lucid and engaging Introduction by Alessandro Carrera sets these essays in the context of Cacciari's work generally and in the broadest context of its historical and geographical backdrop. (source: Nielsen Book Data)