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The Fragility of Things

Self-Organizing Processes, Neoliberal Fantasies, and Democratic Activism

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In The Fragility of Things, eminent theorist William E. Connolly focuses on several self-organizing ecologies that help to constitute our world. These interacting geological, biological, and climate systems, some of which harbor creative capacities, are depreciated by that brand of neoliberalism that confines self-organization to economic markets and equates the latter with impersonal rationality. Neoliberal practice thus fails to address the fragilities it exacerbates. Engaging a diverse range of thinkers, from Friedrich Hayek, Michel Foucault, Hesiod, and Immanuel Kant to Voltaire, Terrence Deacon, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Alfred North Whitehead, Connolly brings the sense of fragility alive as he rethinks the idea of freedom. Urging the Left not to abandon the state but to reclaim it, he also explores scales of politics below and beyond the state. The contemporary response to fragility requires a militant pluralist assemblage composed of those sharing affinities of spirituality across differences of creed, class, gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.

Product code: 9780822355847

ISBN 9780822355847
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H229xW152
No. Of Pages 256
Publisher Duke University Press
Seeking to extend sensitivity to the world's fragilities and intensify democratic activism, William E. Connolly explores how neoliberal capitalism collides with the fragile self-organizing systems that help to constitute our world.