This copy is in very good condition, with only slight shelf-wear and bumping to the bottom of the spine. Internally, the pages are clean and unmarked, and the binding is strong.
The inscription reads 'To Dr Poole, with thanks and admiration' and is signed and dated by the author on 11/9/96.
According to the author, a discussion of realism in a Post-Marxist context has to take two simultaneous routes: recognizing deconstruction as the tool of enquiry to disentangle the insufficiency of contemporary answers in political philosophy and aesthetics; and reclaiming realism to move beyond the Post-Modernist tradition. To answer the issues of realism within Post-Marxism, the book revisits Lucacs' and Adorno's aesthetic questions, which in their different approaches prefigured the questions of the present. Central issues include the notions of totality, method, identarian and non-identarian dialects, the Enlightenment, and the end of Modernity. While focusing on Lukacs and Adorno, this book surveys various and current discussions within and beyond contemporary Marxist discourse, including the world of Lyotard, Derrida, Negri and Laclau.