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Saul Newman: Postanarchism

The Goldsmiths professor discusses postanarchist ideas


The first in a series of events at Housmans called Key Concepts, aimed at introducing core concepts in the social sciences; this talk will see Saul Newman discuss the new theoretical ideas that have come to be termed as postanarchism, which differentiate contemporary anarchism from that of the classical, 19th century period. In this book, Newman develops an original political theory of postanarchism; a form of anti-authoritarian politics which starts, rather than finishes, with anarchy. He does this by asking four central questions: who are we as subjects; how do we resist; what is our relationship to violence; and, why do we obey? By drawing on a range of heterodox thinkers including La Boétie, Sorel, Benjamin, Stirner and Foucault, the author not only investigates the current conditions for radical political thought and action, but proposes a new form of politics based on what he calls ontological anarchy and the desire for autonomous life. This event is free with guaranteed entry. You need to be registered to book, but rest assured, we won't charge you a penny.

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Housmans Bookshop, King's Cross

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