The personal is not political, even if politics marks it and, in many cases, determines it. Infrapolitics seeks to understand conditions of existence that are not reducible to political life and that exceed any definition of world bound to political determinations. It seeks to mobilize an exteriority without which politics could only be business or administration, that is, oppression. It demands a change in seeing and an everyday practice that subtracts from political totalization in the name of a new production of desire, of a new emancipation, and of a conception of experience that can breach the general captivation of life.
In this book, Alberto Moreiras describes a form of thought aiming to provide content for a form of life and to offer a new theoretical practice for concrete existence. The book provides a genealogy of the notion of infrapolitics and places it within contemporary philosophical reflection, examining its deployment in the wake of postphenomenology and deconstruction, Lacanian analysis, the principle of anarchy, and an egalitarian symbolization of social life. In doing so, Moreiras elaborates Infrapolitics as both a general critique of the political apparatus and as an imperative horizon for existential self-understanding.
Preface to the English-Language Edition | ix
Exergue. On Jacques Derrida’s Glas:
A Possible Second Moment in Deconstruction | 1 1. The Last God: María Zambrano’s Life without Texture | 9 2. The Wolf’s Hide: Ontotheological Militancies | 25 3. Infrapolitical Distance: A Second Note on the Concept of Distance in Felipe Martínez Marzoa | 50 4. Infrapolitics and the Politics of Infrapolitics | 63 5. The Absolute Difference between Life and Politics | 85 6. A Politics of Separation: An Alternative Politicity | 114 7. Infrapolitical Derrida: The Ontic Determination of Politics beyond Empiricism | 152 8. A Negation of the Anarchy Principle | 170 9. On the Illegal Condition in the State of Extraction: How Not to Be an Informant | 183 Notes | 197 Works Cited | 213 Index | 223
Alberto Moreiras is Professor of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University. He is the author of The Exhaustion of Difference: The Politics of Latin American Cultural Studies (Duke University Press, 2001), Against Abstraction: Notes from an Ex–Latin Americanist (University of Texas Press, 2020), Sosiego siniestro (Guillermo Escolar, 2020), and Tercer espacio y otros relatos (SPLASH, 2021).