Agonistics: Thinking The World Politically

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Verso Books, Dec 17, 2013 - Philosophy - 176 pages
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Political conflict in our society is inevitable, and its results are often far from negative. How then should we deal with the intractable differences arising from complex modern culture?

Developing her groundbreaking political philosophy of agonistics – the search for a radical and plural democracy – Chantal Mouffe examines international relations, strategies for radical politics, the future of Europe and the politics of artistic practices. She shows that in many circumstances where no alternatives seem possible, agonistics offers a new road map for change. Engaging with
cosmopolitanism, post-operaism, and theories of multiple modernities she argues in favour of a multipolar world with real cultural and political pluralism.
 

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This book has some interesting essays and clarifies Mouffe's views on a few issues, but it doesn't add much new material to her thought writ large. Read full review

Contents

What Is Agonistic Politics?
1
Which Democracy for a Multipolar Agonistic
19
An Agonistic Approach to the Future of Europe
43
Radical Politics Today
65
Agonistic Politics and Artistic Practices
85
Conclusion
107
Interview with Chantal Mouffe
129
Index of Personal Names
147
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Chantal Mouffe is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Westminster in London. She has taught and researched at many universities around the world and is a corresponding member of the College International de Philosophie, Paris. Her previous books include The Democratic Paradox, The Return of the Political, The Dimensions of Radical Democracy, The Challenge of Carl Schmitt, and, coauthored with Ernesto Laclau, Hegemony and Socialist Strategy.

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