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What is at stake in what I call the ‘agonistic’ struggle,[4] which I see as the core of a vibrant democracy, is the very configuration of power relations around which. The Belgian political theorist Chantal Mouffe, on the other hand, arrived at Mouffe called this kind of respectful conflict “agonistic pluralism” in contrast to both. Agonistic. Pluralism? / BY CHANTAL MOUFFE l’s testified by the increasing success of the extreme right in sev- eral countries, western societies are witnessing.

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What democratic politics requires is that the others are not seen as enemies to be destroyed, but as adversaries whose ideas would be fought, even fiercely, but whose right to defend those ideas will never be put into question. Every order is the temporary and precarious articulation of contingent practices. But it must also enable the expression of conflict, which requires that citizens genuinely have the possibility of choosing between real alternatives.

Liberalismpolitical doctrine that takes protecting and enhancing the freedom of the individual to be the central problem of politics. Please try again later. I am afraid that this is what could happen if representative institutions become the main target of the protests. It undoubtedly has its merits but is not sufficient to envisage the nature of a hegemonic democratic politics and the limits the latter must impose on pluralism. Education, discipline that is concerned with methods of teaching and learning in schools or school-like….

The capacity, for instance, of Jean-Luc Melenchon—the candidate of the Front de gauchea coalition of several left parties—to mobilize the youth in the presidential elections was really remarkable. To be sure the modernist idea of the avant-garde has to mofufe abandoned, but that does not mean that any form of critique has become impossible. To understand the political as the ever present possibility of antagonism, the absence ayonistic a final foundation and the undecidability that pervades every order must be acknowledged.

Disentangling Diversity in Deliberative Democracy: Every order is therefore political and based on some form of exclusion.


Chantal Mouffe: Agonistic Democracy and Radical Politics

The descriptive form of agonism can be seen in the critique of pluralism in political science raised by the American political theorist William E. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. Alongside allowing us to grasp the reasons for the growing success of right-wing populism, the agonistic approach can also shed light on recent protest movements in liberal-democratic societies. To look for an economic explanation is to miss the deep causes that are of a political nature.

But, then, why did we see several Occupy camps in Germany where the economic conditions are better? Summer ISSN English language, West Germanic language of the Indo-European language family that is closely related…. All those freedoms are under attack by huge corporations working under the veil of free trade, that mysterious right that we are told must trump all others.

The principal objective of these authors is to prevent the closure of debate and to give free rein to the expression of plurality.

What it refuses to admit is that any form of social objectivity is ultimately political, and that it must bear the traces of the acts of exclusion that governs its constitution. The typical liberal understanding of pluralism is that we live in a world in which there are indeed many perspectives and values and that, due to empirical limitations, we will never be able to adopt them all, but that, when put together, they constitute an harmonious ensemble.

This incapacity to think politically, is to a great extent due to the uncontested hegemony of liberalism. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.

Art & Research : Chantal Mouffe

Science Logic and Mathematics. The Reinvention of Politics: The story explains agonistics as “You can compete, and you can win, but you can never win once-and-for-all”.

It is in this context that we can grasp the very pernicious consequences of the fashionable thesis put forward by Ulrich Beck and Anthony Giddenswho both argue that the adversarial model of politics has become obsolete. Contrary to what neo-liberal ideologists would like us to believe, political questions are not mere technical issues to be solved by experts.


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This paper examines the most recent paradigm of liberal democracy: Download this article as a PDF: Such views are popular because they chime with the idea, fashionable among sectors of the left, that the multitude could organize itself avoiding taking power and becoming state. Once we accept that identities are never pre-given but that they are always the result of processes of identification, that they are discursively constructed, the question that arises is the type of identity that critical artistic practices should aim at fostering.

Every order is the temporary and precarious articulation of contingent practices. Both approaches, albeit in a different way, posit the availability of a consensus reached through rational procedures: The category of enemy does not disappear, however, for it remains pertinent with regard to those who, by questioning the very principles of pluralist democracy, cannot form part of the agonistic space.

A front of total resistance to this power is made possible. They envisage the field of politics as a neutral terrain in which different groups compete to occupy positions of power; their objective is simply to dislodge others in order to occupy their place without putting into question the dominant hegemony and profoundly transforming the relations of power.

By this I mean that, although she insists a good deal on human plurality and conceives politics as dealing with the community and with reciprocity between different beings, she never recognises that this plurality is at the origin of antagonistic conflicts. The critical conception of agonism developed by Adorno and Foucault emphasizes how aspects of competition can be utilized to reinforce the project of domination that is evident in the geopolitics of modernity.

His ideas will be fought with vigour but his right to defend them will never be questioned.