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Totalitarianism and the Repressed Utopia of the present: Moving Beyond Hayek, Popper and Foucault

Olssen, M (2003) Totalitarianism and the Repressed Utopia of the present: Moving Beyond Hayek, Popper and Foucault Policy Futures, 1 (3). 526 - 552.

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Abstract

This article starts by reviewing the negative account of utopian thinking in dominant liberal western political theory, through the positing of a link between utopianism and totalitarianism, as present in the writings of liberal writers like Hayek, Popper, Berlin and others. As such, this article constitutes a critique of the liberal theories of utopianism and totalitarianism as well as positing alternative conceptions. It uses Michel Foucault’s views to advance beyond the liberal mind-set in order to rehabilitate the concept of utopia as both a substantive and methodological conception for both democratic and educational theory, and argues for a revival of utopian thinking as necessary for extending and deepening democracy in the world post 9/11.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Politics
Depositing User: Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 14:09
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:28
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/510

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