Negativity and open-endedness in the dialectic of world politics

Brincat, Shannon (2009) Negativity and open-endedness in the dialectic of world politics. Alternatives, 34 4: 455-493. doi:10.1177/030437540903400405

Author Brincat, Shannon
Title Negativity and open-endedness in the dialectic of world politics
Journal name Alternatives   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0304-3754
Publication date 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/030437540903400405
Volume 34
Issue 4
Start page 455
End page 493
Total pages 39
Editor Sheth, D. L.
Walker, R. B. J.
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
160607 International Relations
940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified
Abstract This article illustrates the importance of negativity within the dialectical method, aiming to bring clarity to what has been rendered unnecessarily mystical within recent revisions of dialectics, particular in the conception of “meta-dialectics.” The negative element in dialectics, where in the movement of sublation the subject remains undetermined and nonidentical, is argued to be the productive moment in the dialectical movement that leads to open-ended and ongoing processes of change. The article argues that considerable conceptual difficulties arise if one attempts to counterpose negative dialectics to positive dialectics and particularly in interpretations of Hegel's Logic and Adorno's Negative Dialectics that attempt to do so. The two moments of positivity and negativity are shown to be mutually related. If conceived in this manner, dialectical analysis can provide radical insights into processes of social change in world politics that are, and remain, open ended.
Keyword dialectics
world politics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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