The essays collected in this volume develop the theoretical perspective initiated in Laclau and Chantal Mouffes classic Hegemony and Socialist Strategy.
Central to the argument of The Rhetorical Foundations of Society is the establishment of rhetorical tropessuch as metaphor, metonymy and catachresisas the non-foundational grounds of society. From this basis, Laclau explores the state of social relations in todays heterogeneous society. Employing analytical philosophy from both phenomenological and structuralist traditions, he seeks to locate an ontological terrain for interpersonal relationships. Further, he investigates the definition of social antagonism in an increasingly globalized world, where the proliferation of conflicts and points of rupture erodes crucial links between the social subjects postulated by classical social analysis.