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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Following the same trajectory, he was hteory led to discern the novelty and hideous quality of modern “totalitarianism” as a political paradigm distinct from traditional tyranny.

SchriftTwentieth-Century French Philosophy: The opposition and protest creates, in a way, a democratic space within the totalitarian system. To ask other readers questions about Democracy and Political Theoryplease sign up.

Democracy and Political Theory

Views Read Edit View history. In Flynn’s words p.

Lefort studied at the Sorbonne. Paris, [2] [3] France. Some purely technical flaws must be attributed to the editor at the press: The totalitarian system, unified and organized, presents coaude like a body, the “social body”: 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.

Shamimuddindurjoy Durjoy rated it did not like it Mar 20, 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.


S marked it as to-read Sep 10, Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Totalitarianism abolishes the separation between state and society: It is impossible in this brief review to attend to all the points raised in Lefort’s and Flynn’s discussion of The Prince and The Discourses.

Tim marked it as to-read Oct 01, 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”. However, contrary to the authors like Hannah Arendt who theoyr the notion to Nazi Germany and the Soviet Theiry between andLefort applied it to the regimes of Eastern Europe in the second half of the century, that is, to an era when terror, a central element of totalitarianism for the other authors, had lost its most extreme dimensions.

On many other occasions, one misses a certain critical engagement with Lefort’s work.

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The relation between the one-people and the Other is a prophylactic command: Giorgi rated it it was amazing May 30, Inhe was recruited as a sociology assistant at the Sorbonne by Georges Gurvitch. Although medieval Christianity adhered to an eschatological vision, this vision was not part of a historical process; at least for mainstream theology, “the signs of providence were not legible within history” p.


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.

In contrast to devotees of “pure” theory or abstract metaphysics, Lefort has allowed his theorizing to be informed by his own lived condition or his embeddedness in the “life-world”.

In the comparison between Arendt and Lefort on the issue totalitarianism, Flynn clearly sides with the French thinker. Lynne marked it as to-read Mar 01, Socialism or Barbarism considered abd 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 Democracy and Political Theory by Claude Lefort.

Les limites de la domination totalitaire. He is therefore the incarnation of the “one-power”, i.

Democracy and Political Theory by Claude Lefort

Flynn’s own scholarly focus has been on Continental thought and especially on phenomenology after Husserl — a focus prominently displayed in his earlier study Political Philosophy at democrayc Closure of Metaphysics. The separation of civil society from the state, which characterizes modern democracy, is made possible by the disembodiment of society.

For Lefort, the onset of modernity signals a loss and a gain: