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By Carsten Strathausen, William E. Connolly

Rich with analyses of techniques from deconstruction, platforms concept, and post-Marxism, with opinions of fundamentalist idea and the battle on terror, this quantity argues for constructing a philosophy of being to be able to conquer the drawback of postmodern relativism. Undergirding the contributions are the premises that ontology is a crucial proposal for philosophy this day, that an appropriate leftist ontology needs to keep away from the type of identification politics that has ruled contemporary cultural reports, and new ontology needs to be positioned inside international capitalism. A Leftist Ontology bargains a well timed intervention in political philosophy, that includes the various best voices of our time.

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For Strauss, basic ontological and anthropological issues are always at stake in political philosophy, and his relentless critique of modern historicism and positivism-exemplified, he claimed, in the works of Max Weber-is directed against Weber's disavowal of his personal biases and beliefs that inevitably influence his "scientific" studies. And yet, although the endorsement of such beliefs is crucial for political philosophy to survive-because, without them, it would further degenerate into a mere academic discipline like political theory or political scienceStrauss nonetheless defines political philosophy as "the attempt to replace opinion about the nature of political things by knowledge of the nature of political things" (5).

Politics always engages-and seeks to definethe parameters and rules of the sociopolitical terrain where different beliefs encounter each other. A leftist ontology therefore recognizes that everyday political practice-and not just "the political"-is defined by this daily struggle about the very nature of our world and its lines of communication, about who possesses the right and the power to delineate its borders and enforce its rules. THREE PREMISES A contemporary leftist ontology must be based on three interrelated premises.

Ontology, sensibility, ethics, politics-a network of partly interfused and partly separate elements with none simply determining the others and all entering into complex patterns of circulation. To come to terms with the role of ontology in politics, then, it may be essential to reformulate classical ideas of causality that have both constrained the social sciences and encouraged a section of narrative theorists to turn away from the idea of cause altogether. When the element of sensibility is folded into the question of ontopolitical connections, it becomes clear-if it wasn't already-how impossible it is to grow up without being possessed by preliminary dispositions to being before you reflect on them.

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