Post-Foundationalism of Laclau and Oakeshott : Politics of Faith, Scepticism and Populism

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Gurhanli , H 2013 , ' Post-Foundationalism of Laclau and Oakeshott : Politics of Faith, Scepticism and Populism ' , Annales Philosophici , vol. 7 , pp. 26-37 . < http://socioumane.ro/blog/annalesphilosophici/files/2014/03/Annales-Philosophici-7-Halil-Gurhanli.pdf >

Title: Post-Foundationalism of Laclau and Oakeshott : Politics of Faith, Scepticism and Populism
Author: Gurhanli, Halil
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Political and Economic Studies (2010-2017)
Date: 2013
Language: eng
Number of pages: 12
Belongs to series: Annales Philosophici
ISSN: 2067-3159
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/43213
Abstract: This article critically engages with Laclauian theory of populism by utilizing Michael Oakeshott’s theory of politics. It argues that both build their works on similar post-foundationalist premises, accepting once the impossibility of a final ground of society as well as the possibility of its contingent political foundations. It then shows that both scholars conceptualise politics residing on a continuum between what they consider as two theoretical extremes: politics of faith and scepticism for Oakeshott, pure populism and pure institutionalism for Laclau. In terms of the ways in which they operate, functions they fulfil, and effects they have on politics, these extremes overlap with one another to such an extent that they can be considered as near synonyms. This synonymy serves as a fertile ground to spread the seeds of a reconsideration of Laclau’s account of populism. Utilizing Fieschi and Heywood’s concept of entrepreneurial populism, the article briefly problematizes his account and calls attention to this particular species of populism gaining increasing popularity in contemporary politics. It is every bit of populist in its modus operandi yet neither subverts the status quo nor aims to reconstruct a new one, but simply plays it.
Subject: 517 Political science
post-foundationalism
Ernesto Laclau
Michael Oakeshott
populism
Political philosophy
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