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, The Introduction clearly indicates the correlation between the conceptions of democracy and totalitarianism in Lefort’s thought. Ledort 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: The intellectual work of Lefort is strongly tied to his participation, often tension filled, in successive journals.

When Merleau-Ponty died inLefort took charge of the publication of his manuscripts. The relation between the one-people and the Other is a prophylactic command: We can notify you when this item is back in stock.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Inhe met Cornelius Castoriadis who came to Paris from Greece. The opposition and protest creates, in a way, a democratic space within the totalitarian system. Following Ernst Kantorowicz, Lefort’s conception of premodernity stresses the role of the king’s “two bodies” empirical and sacred as representing symbolically society’s unity.


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Paraphrasing Lefort, Flynn p. Every organization, association or profession is thus subordinated to the planning of the state.

Instead, I turn to the more general topic of Lefort’s “practice of interpretation.

Following the same trajectory, he was also led to discern the novelty and hideous quality of modern “totalitarianism” elfort a political paradigm distinct from traditional tyranny. Bernard Flynn is highly qualified to remedy this deficit. David added it Oct 26, This is made possible especially through the association between state and the party hierarchy which is always very close, so that the party hierarchy becomes the effective power.

aand Socialism or Barbarism considered the USSR to be an example of state capitalism and gave its support to anti-bureaucratic revolts in Eastern Europe — especially the uprising in Budapest in Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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In the s, he developed an analysis of bureaucratic regimes of Eastern Europe. Lefort calls this system “people-one”: Mark marked it as to-read Sep 21, A dictatorship does not aim for the destruction and absorption of society, and a dictatorial power is a power of the politica, against society, that presupposes the distinction of the two; the plan of a totalitarian party is to merge state with society in a closed, united and uniform system, subordinated under the fulfilment of a plan politocal “socialism” in the case of the USSR.



Despite its merits, the book is not free of flaws and at some points invites critical afterthoughts. Want to Read saving….

Through an analysis of some of the key texts of 19th and 20th century thought – from Marx, Michelet and de Tocqueville to Hannah Arendt – the author explores the ambiguities of democracy, the nature of human gheory, the idea and the reality of revolution, the emergence of totalitarianism and the changing relations between politics, religion and the image of the body.

Dan DiPiero rated it really liked it Oct 07, Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. As he points out pp.

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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 Theody Pocock’s The Machiavellian Moment.

Continental philosophy Western Marxism — Libertarian socialism [4] — Anti-totalitarian left [5] after Democracy fheory Political Theory. The aim of totalitarianism is to create a united and a closed society, in which the components are not individuals and which is defined completely by the same goals, the same opinions and the same practices.