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Ethics and Politics in Contemporary Theory Between Critical Theory and Post-Marxism by Mark Devenney

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5    Quasi-transcendentalism and critical theory

In discussing the logic of performativity I concluded that any idealisation must take account of the constitutive impossibility which inhabits and inhibits its realisation. This is by no means a novel conclusion, although the relation of this account to different developments of the key concept of performativity allows for a reflection from a different angle on key debates concerning the legacy of modernity and enlightenment. Here, I investigate the status of these conclusions. Both accounts of performativity make strong universal claims yet the provenance of these claims is rarely addressed. The term used to describe this uncertainty is quasi-transcendental. For Laclau, the term describes conditions ...

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