IBNA- A book by the late Argentine political theorist and philosopher Ernesto Laclau titled 'On Populist Reason' (2005) which accounts for the rise of the new leftist sentiment sweeping Latin has been published in Persian.
One of the last books of Ernesto Laclau reflecting his intellectual authority, 'On Populist Reason' has been translated into Persian by Morad Farhadpour and Javad Ganji. Tehran-based Markaz Publishing has released the book in 342 pages.
The work is a philosophical and political exploration of the construction of popular identities. In this highly original and influential work, Laclau focuses on the construction of popular identities and how “the people” emerge as a collective actor.
Skilfully combining theoretical analysis with a myriad of empirical references from numerous historical and geographical contexts, he offers a critical reading of the existing literature on populism, demonstrating its dependency on the theorists of “mass psychology,” such as Taine and Freud.
‘On Populist Reason’ is essential reading for all those interested in the question of political identities in the present day.
English philosopher Simon Critchley “What needs to be politically articulated at the present time is the possibility of a leftist populism. This is what makes Laclau’s long-awaited book so important. Arguably, populism has always been the governing concept in Laclau’s work and in ‘On Populist Reason’, he lays out his position with great power and analytical clarity.”
Laclau is often described as an 'inventor' of post-Marxist political theory. He is well known for his collaborations with his long-term partner, Chantal Mouffe. He studied History in Buenos Aires, graduating from the University of Buenos Aires in 1964, and received a Ph.D. from the University of Essex in 1977.
He was Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Government, University of Essex, and Distinguished Professor for Humanities and Rhetorical Studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of, amongst other works, ‘Hegemony and Socialist Strategy’ (with Chantal Mouffe), ‘New Reflections of the Revolution of Our Time’, ‘The Populist Reason’, ‘Contingency, Hegemony, Universality’ (with Judith Butler and Slavoj Zizek), and ‘Emancipation(s)’.