Anti-humanism and its declared objective — the decentring of man — is probably the most controversial aspect of Marxist, structuralist and post-structuralist theory. An adequate account of the controversy and the issues it raises — essentialism, humanism, materialism, the subject/society relationship and more — would need a book in its own right and it is perhaps reckless to embark upon such a discussion in the space of a concluding chapter. I do so for three reasons at least.
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