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Editorial

Raili Marling

of Michel Foucault, she asks what a revolutionary is and answers the question by presenting the personal genealogy of Polish communist activist and writer Wanda Wasilewska (1905–1964), a person embedded in her sociohistorical context and its gender

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Opportunity in the Crisis of Democracy

Jean-Paul Gagnon and George Vasilev

policy with citizens. Next, Sara Raimondi argues in her article that liberal representative democracies govern through states of emergency. From Benjamin, to Agamben, Schmitt, Foucault, and Scarry, Raimondi takes us through the paces to show that we can

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Editorial

meaning of the concepts of property, possession, and democracy in Pipes’s “epistemic world”—of latter of which’s subject is articulated in the philosophy of Michel Foucault (May 2006)—can be questioned: are they still appropriate in the applied epistemic

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Editorial: Actual politics and the need of conceptual clarity

Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

, with Michel Foucault, it is understood as intervention and change, that is, as social practice. Hepp chooses the case of precarization, which is becoming more and more important in contemporary times, also to explain the consequences for the use of

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Freedom and Power I

Lawrence Hamilton

Ever since Livy proclaimed that ‘freedom is to be in one’s own power’, if not from long before and in other contexts, the relationship between freedom and power has been an enduring concern of social and political theorists. It has withstood even Isaiah Berlin’s sharp distinction between seemingly irreconcilable forms of freedom and much of the subsequent theoretical and philosophical debates that it spawned. The history of political thought is littered with thinkers who have opposed freedom and power, arguing that liberty can only be truly attained free from power and domination (republicans) or in the absence of external impediments imposed by other human beings (liberals); but there are also many examples of arguments that identify a close and intriguing link between them, especially in the sphere of politics, that emanate from radicals and conservatives alike, thinkers such as Machiavelli, Montaigne, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Arendt and Foucault. Moreover, those in the former camp tend to think of freedom in formal and abstract terms, while proponents of the latter eschew this now normal tendency in political philosophy and instead think of freedom in fully substantive, concrete and even materialist terms. Hobbes is an unusual and unique figure as his account of freedom inspires members of both parties, that is those concerned with the formal character of freedom and those troubled by its more substantive components and conditions, which is why it is only right that we start this special issue on freedom and power with an analysis of Hobbes’ account of freedom.

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Part 2: After the Big Bang

The Fusing of New Approaches

Jan Ifversen

Richter and Kari Palonen, but Guilhaumou had been engaged in discussions with BG and the Handbuch project in the 1980s. As both a linguist and a historian, he was anchored in the tradition of discourse analysis formed by Michel Pêcheux and Michel Foucault

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The Ambiguity of Subversion

Resistance through Radio Broadcasting

Gisli Vogler

that endure through time’ ( Butler 2011: xxii ). In line with Foucault, Butler instead warns against the ‘politically impracticable dream’ of a normative sexuality that is outside of power, and turns to the ‘task of rethinking subversive possibilities