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Plastic Power – The symbolic-materialistic man an

Plastic Power - The symbolic-materialistic man and the international politics

Plastic Power introduces a new, post-cartesian view of the  international politics’ theory.


In the quest to overcome the gap between the tradition of rational-materialistic philosophical politics, inherited from intellectuals such as Aristotle, Machiavelli, Marx and Morgenthau, and the recent incorporations of post-positive thinking (based on the symbolic – non materialistic tradition); Plastic Power levels on the analytical grounds both the material and symbolic dimensions of human life in pursuit of the ultimate essence of power.


Opposing positions, comprising areas such as positivist philosophy and the elusive and ephemeral liquidity of postmodern thinking, as introduced by Zygmunt Bauman, are confronted by the overcoming synthesis of the principle of plasticity. Within the human world, symbols and matter are reciprocally conditioned and molded/captured.


The symbolic-materialistic man, as a builder of symbols and manager of material reality is object, subject, cause and effect of the manner/method in which power has been consolidated throughout its history.


In this book, theoretical abstraction is closely linked to the retelling of the last twenty years of world history.


The goal is to identify in the successive symbolic and materialistic breakthroughs the trace of the deep blueprint of power.


In this effort, philosophy, sociology, international relations an anthropo-biological disciplines merge argumentatively in the quest of anthropological conditionings that favor the plastic social horizon of international politics to be focused and directed to the incessant comeback to those tragic historic horizons we thought had been overcome.


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