Imaginary Power, Real Horizons: The Practicality of Utopianism (Paperback)

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Imaginary Power, Real Horizons: The Practicality of Utopianism (Paperback)

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A defense of the radical imagination from a scholar of social movements.

Political theorist and philosopher Richard Gilman-Opalsky's Imaginary Power, Real Horizons is a tribute to the imagination and to its necessity for liberatory struggle. "'Impractical' is the name given to anyone who imagines something radically other than what exists," he writes. However, many things--such as the abolition of slavery--were dismissed as impractical before they came to be.

In a warm, plainspoken manner, these essays chart the affects of creativity and utopianism through topics as varied as the cyclical nature of popular movements; the international history of May Day; the experience of teaching political theory and Marxism in contemporary China; and the revolutionary aspirations of Free Jazz. The human imagination is a real, world-creating power, and those who would declare otherwise have a poor understanding of history.

Imaginary Power, Real Horizons is a call to action for those who would dare to dream of a society organized by a different logic than capitalism.

Richard Gilman-Opalsky is professor of political theory and philosophy in the School of Politics and International Affairs at the University of Illinois. He is author of seven books, including The Communism of Love, Specters of Revolt, and Precarious Communism. Gilman-Opalsky has lectured widely throughout the world, and his work has been translated and published in Greek, Spanish, French, and German.
Product Details ISBN: 9781849355551
ISBN-10: 184935555X
Publisher: AK Press
Publication Date: July 9th, 2024
Pages: 264
Language: English