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Radical Democratic Ethos, or, What is an Authentic Political Act?

Glynos, J (2003) 'Radical Democratic Ethos, or, What is an Authentic Political Act?' Contemporary Political Theory, 2 (2). pp. 187-208. ISSN 1470-8914

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In this paper I explore some connections between two anti-essentialist approaches to democratic theory ? Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe's hegemonic approach and Slavoj Zizek's psychoanalytic approach. I argue that a central virtue of Laclau and Mouffe's hegemonic approach to democracy is that it clearly emphasizes the ethos of democracy, not simply the institutions of democracy. This shift transforms democracy, now conceived as radical democratic ethos, into a site of further research about how to make our understanding of its conditions more theoretically nuanced. In the main bulk of the paper, I explore how Slavoj Zizek's notion of an authentic political act seeks to develop this understanding.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: radical democracy; ethics; psychoanalysis; Lacan; Zizek; Laclau
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2015 14:26
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:19

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