9781472935953

Fools, Frauds and Firebrands Thinkers of the New Left

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    9781472935953

  • ISBN10:

    1472935950

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-01-10
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum

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Summary

In Fools, Frauds and Firebrands, professor and philosopher Roger Scruton asks: what does the Left look like today, and how has it evolved since 1989? What can replace radical egalitarianism and the dominance of antinomian attitudes in the intellectual world? Can there be any foundation for resistance to the leftist agenda without religious faith?


To answer these questions, Scruton, one of the leading critics of leftist orientations in modern Western civilization, examines the thinkers who have been most influential on the attitudes of the New Left. Scruton begins with a ruthless analysis of New Leftism and concludes with a critique of the key strands in its thinking. He conducts a reappraisal of such major left-wing thinkers as: E. P. Thompson, Ronald Dworkin, R. D. Laing, Jurgen Habermas, Gyorgy Lukacs, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jacques Derrida, Slavoj Zizek, Ralph Milliband and Eric Hobsbawm. In addition to assessments of these thinkers' philosophical and political contributions, the book contains a biographical and bibliographical section summarizing their careers and most important writings.

Scruton's exploration of these important issues is written with skill, perception and at all times with pellucid clarity. The result is a devastating critique of modern left-wing thinking.

Author Biography

Professor Roger Scruton is a graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge. He has been a professor at Birkbeck College, London, and Boston University. He is currently visiting professor of philosophy at the University of Oxford and Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington DC. He has published novels and has written and composed two operas. He writes regularly for the Times, the Telegraph, the Spectator and was for many years the wine critic of the New Statesman.

Table of Contents

1 What is Left? / 2 Resentment in Britain: Hobsbawm and Thompson / 3 Disdain in America: Galbraith and Dworkin / 4 Liberation in France: Sartre and Foucault / 5 Tedium in Germany: Downhill to Habermas /6 Nonsense in Paris: Althusser, Lacan and Deleuze / 7 Culture Wars Worldwide: The New Left from Gramsci
to Said / 8 The Kraken Wakes: Badiou and Žižek /9 What is Right?

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