[Marxism] NEW BOOK: For Humanism: Explorations in Theory and Politics

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For Humanism: Explorations in Theory and Politics

Edited by David Alderson and Robert Spencer


‘A major intervention into contemporary discussions about the resources of
political hope, this volume insists upon the continuing indispensability
and, indeed, radicalness of humanism as both a critical philosophy and a
moral-political template. Each of the individual chapters – on socialist
humanism, political philosophy, postcolonialism, and queer theory – is
noteworthy for the ways in which it conjoins scholarly rigour with
passionate political commitment.’

Neil Lazarus, Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies,
University of Warwick


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About the book:

Today, anti-humanism is a dominant, even definitive, feature of
contemporary theory. For Humanism sets out to challenge this by
establishing the historical context that resulted in humanism’s eclipse,
critiquing anti-humanism, and exploring alternative, neglected traditions
and possible new directions.

Humanism is a diverse and complex tradition that may facilitate the renewal
of progressive theory through the championing of human subjectivity, agency
and freedom. Across four extended essays, David Alderson, Kevin Anderson,
Barbara Epstein and Robert Spencer engage critically with the Marxist
tradition, recent developments in poststructuralism, postcolonialism and
queer theory.


Read an extract from the book here: http://bit.ly/2ieWoYR


David Alderson is Senior Lecturer in Modern Literature at the University of
Manchester. He has written widely about the relations between gender,
sexuality and neoliberalism, and is the author of Sex, Needs, and Queer
Culture: From Liberation to the Postgay (2016).

Robert Spencer is Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures
at the University of Manchester. He writes and teaches in the areas of
modernism, cultural theory and postcolonial writing.


PAPERBACK: FEBRUARY 2017 / 240 PAGES / ISBN 9780745336145 / £21.99



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