Claude Lefort is one of the most innovative and insightful ambivalent character of modernity — and also with the difficult linkage between theory and practice. the political “form” or distinctive “regime” of modern democracy. the simple word I have just used. because of their desire to find some meaning behind the events. even though they claim to be in search of rigorous knowledge. Democracy and Political Theory has 13 ratings and 1 review. Leonardo said: Discutido en La razón populista pág, 峰 gave it 5 stars, F Cats gave it 4 s.

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Claude Lefort

Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Among these features is the discussion of the relation between “modernity and law” — where Lefort stresses the rule-governed character of democracy even in the absence of an clauude anchor — and the relation between “modernity and rights” — where Lefort emphasizes the political and symbolic rather than purely moral character of rights.

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In the discussion of Machiavelli, one misses a sustained comparison of Lefort’s “practice of reading” with the interpretations offered, for example, in Strauss’s Thoughts on Machiavelli and John Pocock’s The Machiavellian Moment. Micah rated it liked it Jan 20, Jacobinland The New Left, ‘autogestion’ and council-democracy: Democracy is thus a regime marked by its vagueness, its incompleteness, against which totalitarianism establishes itself.

Mark marked it as to-read Sep 21, It is impossible in this brief review to attend to all the points raised in Lefort’s and Flynn’s discussion of The Prince and The Discourses. Elke marked it as to-read Apr 14, Although medieval Christianity adhered to an eschatological vision, this vision was not part of a historical process; at least for mainstream theology, “the signs of providence were not legible within history” p. Brian added it Jan 04, Fromhe belonged to the small French Trotskyite.


Democracy and Political Theory by Claude Lefort

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. As it happens, the work of Machiavelli looms large in several of Lefort’s early writings, especially Le travail de l’oeuvre: Ozge Oguz marked it as to-read Oct 17, By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. With regard to the character of modernity, Arendt saw the distinguishing trait in the “rise of the social” and the eclipse of politics by “labor” and “work,” while Strauss located the basic change in the demise of classical “natural right” and the upsurge of history and political “science.

This work should interest specialists in social and political theory and philosophers. The Best Books of Paraphrasing Lefort, Flynn p. The Visible and the Invisible. More generally, questions can be raised concerning Lefort’s equation of modernity with radical disincarnation and of democracy’s legitimacy with an “empty place.


Democracy is innovation, the start of new movements, the designation of new issues in the struggle against oppression, it is a “creative power capable of weakening, even slaying the totalitarian Leviathan”. We can notify you when this item is back in stock. After the war, together with Cornelius Castoriadis, he founded a group called ” Socialisme ou Barbarie ” which championed a non-repressive flaude politics against the barbarism of the immediate past.


Carlo rated it really liked it May 26, Description This book examines the central questions of democracy and politics in modern societies. This exceeds the simple rhetorical effect that was commonly used in the contemporary political discourse, yet in an underlying way it is part of the metaphorical vision of the totalitarian society as a body. Lefort was for a long time uncomfortable with Socialisme ou Barbarie’s “organisationalist” tendencies.

While developing a highly original account of the nature of politics and power in modern societies, he links political reflection to the interpretation of history as an open, indeterminate process of which we are part.

Inhe met Cornelius Castoriadis who came to Paris from Greece. The violence roused against them was, in this organicist metaphor, a fever, a symptom of the fight of the social body against the illness, in the sense that “the campaign against the enemy is feverish: In opposition to the Habermasian focus on rational validity, Lefort attends to the Merleau-Pontyan “intertwining” of sense and nonsense, reason and nonreason, thus steering a course between ideal finality and randomness.