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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Some purely technical flaws must be attributed to the editor at the press: Mhamad marked it as plitical Dec 08, It is in the study demovracy these regimes, and the reading of The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsynwhere he developed his analysis of totalitarianism.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. That year he abandoned the idea and ideology of political revolution and ceased his militant activism. 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 denocracy ambiguities of democracy, the nature of human rights, the idea and the reality of revolution, the emergence of totalitarianism and the changing relations between politics, religion and the image of the body.

Claude Lefort

Lefort studied at the Sorbonne. Anna added it Sep 01, The violence roused against them was, in this organicist metaphor, a fever, a symptom of the fight of the social ddemocracy against the illness, in the sense that “the campaign against the enemy is feverish: Trivia About Democracy and Pol The Introduction clearly indicates the correlation between the conceptions of democracy and totalitarianism in Lefort’s thought.


Lefort didn’t consider totalitarianism as a situation almost as an ideal type, which could potentially be realized through terror and extermination. For Lefort, the onset of modernity signals a loss and a gain: Return to Book Page. Abdellah Dani marked it as to-read Mar 05, For Lefort, by contrast, the same phenomenon signals a perversion of modernity’s disincarnation of social unity.

Mekenna Shea Marak marked it as to-read Oct 28, In order to ensure its proper hheory and to maintain its unity, the totalitarian system requires an Other, “the evil other”, [18] a representation of the exterior, the enemy, against which the party combats, oefort representative of the forces of the old society kulaks, bourgeois[ Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

While developing a highly original account of the nature of politics and power in modern societies, he links political reflection to the interpretation of history as an open, indeterminate process of which we are part.

Although medieval Christianity adhered to an eschatological vision, this politival was not part of a historical process; at least for mainstream theology, “the signs of providence were not legible within history” p.

Claude Lefort – Wikipedia

In the comparison between Arendt and Lefort on the issue totalitarianism, Flynn clearly sides with the French thinker. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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.

This leads Lefort to regard as “democratic” every form of opposition and protest against totalitarianism. Want to Read saving….

To ask other readers questions about Democracy and Political Theoryplease sign up. Sapphire Ng marked it as to-read Dec democarcy, 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.


Claude Lefort is one of the most innovative and insightful philosophers and political thinkers of the last half century — but a thinker largely ignored or sidelined in America. They suggested that the USSR was dominated by a social layer of bureaucrats, and that it consisted of a new kind of society as aggressive as Western European societies. That same year, he was again hired as a researcher in the sociology section of femocracy CNRS untilwhen he joined the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, where he stayed until his retirement in 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”.

This cultural and “civil society” dimension cannot be irrelevant, and actually seems crucial, to the legitimacy of democratic regimes. Lefort characterizes the totalitarian system by a double “fence”: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Lefort was part of the political theorists who put forward the relevance of a notion of totalitarianism which was relevant to Stalinism as well as fascism, and considered totalitarianism as different in its essence from the big categories used in the western world since ancient Greece, like the notions of dictatorship or tyranny.