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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Jake marked it as to-read Sep 29, Valuable are also Flynn’s comparisons between Lefort and other prominent political thinkers, like Leo Strauss and Hannah Arendt.

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In the comparison between Arendt and Lefort on the issue totalitarianism, Flynn clearly sides with the French thinker. Paraphrasing Lefort, Flynn p. Despite poliitcal merits, the book is not free of flaws and at some points invites critical afterthoughts. Paris[1] France. Be the first to ask a question about Democracy and Political Theory.

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 ane classical “natural right” and the upsurge of history and political “science.

Kaisar marked it as to-read May 26, For Lefort, the onset of modernity signals a loss and a gain: The core of the book’s argument is found in Parts Two and Three, dealing respectively with Lefort’s conceptions of premodernity and modernity.


Continental philosophy Western Marxism — Libertarian socialism [4] — Anti-totalitarian left [5] after In opposition to some “unrestrained” antimodernists, Lefort sees the chief gain of modern democracy in “the institution of an interrogation that will call the Law and all authority into question. As previously indicated, premodern society for Lefort was typically a form of life whose meaning was securely anchored elsewhere, a regime whose symbolic structure was “fixed to nature or to a supersensible world, another place” p.

Pyang rated it it was amazing Jan 18, 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 Dempcracy.

This book examines the central questions of democracy and politics in modern societies. 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.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of The former’s post-metaphysical phenomenology pointed him in the direction of “intertwining” — beyond the binaries of rationalism and empiricism, foundationalism and relativism. While developing a highly original account of the nature of politics and anc in modern societies, he links political reflection to the interpretation of history as an open, indeterminate process of which we are part. Carlo rated it really liked it May 26, Jeff marked it as to-read Feb 21, Elke marked it as to-read Apr 14, He was politically active by under the influence of his tutor, the phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty [7] whose posthumous publications Lefort later edited.

Through an analysis of some of the key texts of 19th and 20th century thought – from Marx, Michelet and de Tocqueville leort Hannah Arendt – the author explores the ambiguities of democracy, the nature of human rights, the idea and the reality of revolution, the emergence of totalitarianis This book examines the central questions of democracy and politics in modern societies.


Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Totalitarianism abolishes the separation between state and society: When Merleau-Ponty died inLefort took charge of the publication of his manuscripts. S marked it as to-read Sep 10, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

In the demlcracy 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. Claude Lefort formulates his conception of democracy by mirroring his conception of totalitarism, developing it in claaude same way by analyzing regimes of Eastern Europe and USSR.

The relation between the one-people and the Other is a prophylactic command: Flynn is to be congratulated for presenting a well crafted, lucidly written introduction to this important political thinker.

Claude Lefort

Lefort calls this system “people-one”: In Flynn’s account pp. All Power to the PeopleRoutledge,Ch. Steven Chang marked it as to-read Jul 27,