The Democratic Paradox

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Verso, 2000 - Philosophy - 143 pages
"Drawing on the work of Wittgenstein and Derrida, and engaging with the provocative theses of Carl Schmitt, she proposes a new understanding of democracy in terms of 'agonistic pluralism' which acknowledges the ineradicability of antagonsim and the impossibility of a final resolution of conflicts." --Cover.
 

Contents

Democracy Power and The Political
17
Carl Schmitt and the Paradox of Liberal Democracy
34
Wittgenstein Political Theory and Democracy
58
For an Agonistic Model of Democracy
78
A Politics Without Adversary?
106
The Ethics of Democracy
127
Index
139
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About the author (2000)

Chantal Mouffe is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster. Her books include "The Return of the Political"; "Hegemony and Socialist Strategy" (with Ernesto Laclau); "The Dimensions of Radical Democracy"; "Gramsci and Marxist Theory"; "Deconstruction and Pragmatism"; "The Democratic Paradox"; and "The Challenge of Carl Schmitt," all from Verso.