Democracy in What State?

; Alain Badiou ; Daniel Bensaid ; Wendy Brown ; Jean-luc Nancy ; Jacques Ranciere ; Kristin Ross ; Slavoj Zizek ; William McCuaig (Oversetter)

Serie: New Directions in Critical Theory 11

Is it meaningful to call oneself a democrat? And if so, how does one interpret the word? In responding to this question, eight iconoclastic thinkers prove the rich potential of democracy, along with its critical weaknesses, and reconceive the practice to accommodate new political and cultural realities. Les mer
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Is it meaningful to call oneself a democrat? And if so, how does one interpret the word? In responding to this question, eight iconoclastic thinkers prove the rich potential of democracy, along with its critical weaknesses, and reconceive the practice to accommodate new political and cultural realities. Giorgio Agamben traces the tense history of constitutions and their coexistence with various governments. Alain Badiou contrasts current democratic practice with democratic communism. Daniel Bensaid ponders the institutionalization of democracy, while Wendy Brown discusses the democratization of society under neoliberalism. Jean-Luc Nancy measures the difference between democracy as a form of rule and as a human end, and Jacques Ranciere highlights its egalitarian nature. Kristin Ross identifies hierarchical relationships within democratic practice, and Slavoj Zizek complicates the distinction between those who desire to own the state and those who wish to do without it. Concentrating on the classical roots of democracy and its changing meaning over time, these essays uniquely defend what is left of the left-wing tradition after the fall of Soviet communism. They confront disincentives to active democratic participation in western countries, and they address electoral indifference by invoking and reviving the tradition of citizen involvement.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

Foreword by the French Publisher Translator's Note Introductory Note on the Concept of Democracy, by Giorgio Agamben The Democratic Emblem, by Alain Badiou Permanent Scandal, by Daniel Bensaid "We Are All Democrats Now... ", by Wendy Brown Finite and Infinite Democracy, by Jean-Luc Nancy Democracies Against Democracy, by Jacques Ranciere Democracy for Sale, by Kristin Ross From Democracy to Divine Violence, by Slavoj Zizek Authors

Om forfatteren

Alain Badiou (PhD, Philosophy, Ecole Normale Superieure) holds the Rene Descartes Chair at the European Graduate School; he also teaches at the Ecole Normale Superieure and the College International de Philosophie in Paris. He is the author of several successful novels and plays as well as more than a dozen philosophical works, including his masterwork, Being and Event (Continuum, 2007), and several Columbia titles, includng Plato's Republic (2013) and Jacques Lacan Past and Present (2016).