By Philip Armstrong
studying a variety of Jean-Luc Nancy’s works, Reticulations indicates how his venture of articulating the political by way of singularities, pluralities, and multiplicities can deepen our knowing of networks and the way they effect neighborhood and politics. much more remarkable is the way in which Armstrong affiliates this basic advanced in Nancy’s writing together with his hindrance for what Nancy calls the retreat of the political. Armstrong highlights what Nancy’s standpoint on networks finds approximately stream politics as obvious within the 1999 protests in Seattle opposed to the realm alternate association, the effect of expertise on citizenship, and eventually how this attitude reviews the version of networked communism built by means of Hardt and Negri.
Contesting the particular hyperlink among know-how and networks, Reticulations eventually demonstrates how community society creates a wholly new politics, one strangely rooted in community.
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Indeed, the attempt to justify the demise of the Center by pointing to the “constitutive dilemma” that organizes Lacoue-Labarthe and Nancy’s interrogation into the essence of the political both reduces this questioning to the relatively benign terms of a dilemma (as if the question of the political were reducible to a choice between two equally undesirable alternatives) while effacing the initial determination to question what constitutes, as it were, the very constitution of the political in the first place, where constitution is also understood not just in terms of an essence but what we might provisionally term the composition or grammar of the political.
Second, rethinking the total domination of the political in terms of the closure of the political reopens the question of a political position. ” The question of the political that Lacoue-Labarthe and Nancy seek to address is not closed off in this form of political discourse or into this “form” of politics, in which a political position is established within a range of potential positions (from “left” to “right”), positions in this sense (or as a question THE DEPOSITION OF THE POLITICAL 17 of the self-sufficient sense of a political “orientation”) that do not foreclose the taking of positions, but that cannot be dissociated from the metaphysical presuppositions of the Subject, including the discourse of subject positions.
Looking back in October 1982 at the last eighteen months (Althusser had just spent time in various psychiatric institutions), which is roughly the time period in which the Center had been in existence, Althusser notes that “the world had moved on”: It saw the overwhelming victory of the Left in the [presidential] elections of May 10, 1981, and the creation of a socialist government headed by [Prime Minister Pierre] Mauroy, under the “serene” Presidency of François Mitterand. ) unsettle the employers, and even make them tremble.