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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Presses universitaires de France. Lefort’s vision makes the disappearance of the leader as a political body — the putting to death of the king, as Kantorowicz calls it — the founding moment of democracy because it makes the seat of power, hitherto occupied by an eternal substance transcending the mere physical existence of monarchs, into an “empty space” where groups with shared interests and opinions can succeed each other, but only for a time and at the will of elections.

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That same year, he was again hired as a researcher in the sociology section of the CNRS untilwhen he joined the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, where he stayed until his retirement in This cultural and “civil society” dimension cannot be irrelevant, and actually seems crucial, to the legitimacy of democratic regimes. Democracy and Political Theory by Claude Lefort.

Paris[1] France. Actually, his book contains a number of additional features which I had to bypass for the sake of brevity. Steven Chang marked it as to-read Jul 27, Open Preview See a Problem?

Totalitarianism abolishes the separation between state and society: Jacobinland The New Left, ‘autogestion’ and council-democracy: 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 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.


Some purely technical flaws must be attributed to the editor at the press: Basically, for Lefort, totalitarianism is “a response to the modern experience of the void” — a response that seeks “to fill the empty place of power. As for the CNRS, the support of Raymond Aron led to his recruitment as a teacher of sociology at the University of Caen, where he worked from tothe year when he defended as his doctoral thesis his book on Machiavelli, The Labour of Work.

For Lefort democracy is the system characterized by the institutionalization of conflict within society, the division of social body; it recognizes and even considers legitimate the existence of divergent interests, conflicting opinions, visions of the world that are opposed and even incompatible. Continental philosophy Western Marxism — Libertarian socialism [4] — Anti-totalitarian left [5] after In this domain, I feel, Lefort tends to give undue precedence to Aron’s liberalism over Merleau-Ponty’s notion of the “flesh” of the political; in addition, certain linguistic teachings deriving from Saussure and Lacan sometimes trump his hermeneutical sensibilities.

More generally, questions can be raised concerning Lefort’s equation of modernity with radical disincarnation and of democracy’s legitimacy with an “empty place.

Stas marked it as to-read Sep 19, In Socialism or Barbarism which lasted from to and of which he was the co-founderhe was active untilthen from to Ozge Oguz politifal it as to-read Oct 17, Other questions, however, can be addressed to the author. The Visible and the Invisible. If the will of the totalitarian party to realize the perfect unity of the social body controls the magnitude of its action, it also implies that the goal is impossible to achieve because its development necessarily leads to contradictions and oppositions.


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In the s, he developed an analysis of bureaucratic regimes of Eastern Europe. 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. Want to Read saving…. Lefort didn’t consider totalitarianism as a situation almost as an ideal type, which could potentially be realized through terror and extermination.

Dan DiPiero rated it really liked it Oct 07, The influence of Aron bequeathed to Lefort the commitment to a non-dogmatic or non-ideological liberalism — and also a strong aversion to any kind of coercive and “totalitarian” rule. Totalitarianism denies what Lefort calls “the principle of internal divisions of society”, and its conception of society is marked by “the affirmation of the totality”.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This page was last edited on 3 Novemberat Power is no longer tied to any specific programme, goal, or proposal; it is nothing but a collection of instruments put temporarily at the disposal of those who win a majority.

Valuable are also Flynn’s comparisons between Lefort and other prominent political thinkers, like Leo Strauss and Hannah Arendt. Lefort was for a long time uncomfortable with Socialisme ou Barbarie’s “organisationalist” tendencies.

Democracy and Political Theory

Abdellah Dani marked it as to-read Mar aand, The opposition and protest creates, in a way, a democratic space within the totalitarian system. It is in the study of these regimes, and the reading of The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsynwhere he developed his analysis of totalitarianism. Refresh and try again.