Claude Lefort: Thinker of the Political by M. Plot

Claude Lefort: Thinker of the Political

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It is impossible to overstate the ways in which Claude Lefort has influenced democratic theorizing over the past three decades. With the impact he has had on some of the 20th and 21st Centuries most notable and important Political Theorists from Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe andSlavoj Zizek to Jacques Rancière, Andrew Arato and Jean Cohen, Lefort's thought has become both radical and liberal democracy's obligatory reference and unparalleled knot of confluence. This volume brings together scholars from around the world and offers an engaging and comprehensive investigation of Lefort's intellectual dialogues and debates, his engagement with the most relevant global political events of the past decades, and his impact on current innovations in continental political and social theory. As a result this book a vital reference point for students and scholars of Claude Lefort as well as of radical and liberal democracy in general.

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Martin Plot is Associate Professor of Aesthetics and Politics, California Institute of the Arts, USA. His most recent book is entitled Indivisible (2011.) He has also edited and co-edited several books, including most recently (with Enrique Peruzzotti) Critical Theory and Democracy.
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Title:Claude Lefort: Thinker of the PoliticalFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.02 inPublished:June 11, 2013Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023037557X

ISBN - 13:9780230375574

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Table of Contents

Foreword; Bernard Flynn
Acknowledgements
Note to Contributors
Introduction; Martín Plot
PART I: CLAUDE LEFORT, A CLOSE READER: INTELLECTUAL INFLUENCES AND DIALOGUES
1. Claude Lefort: A Political Biography; Dick Howard
2. Lefort as Phenomenologist of the Political; Bernard Flynn
3. Lefort and Machiavelli; Newton Bignotto
4. Claude Lefort, Political Anthropology, and Symbolic Division; Samuel Moyn
5. Claude Lefort as Reader of Leo Strauss; Claudia Hilb
PART II: INTERPRETING THE POLITICAL: EVENTS AND POLITICAL THOUGHT
6. Claude Lefort, the Practice and Thought of Disincorporation; Giles Bataillon
7. The Style Claude Lefort; Michael B. Smith
8. Lefort, the Philosopher of 1989; Andrew Arato
9. Rethinking the Politics of Human Rights and Democracy with and beyond Claude Lefort; Jean Cohen
10. Lefort and Tocqueville on the Possibility of Democratic Despotism; Steven Bilakovics
PART III: SYMBOLIC MUTATIONS: LEFORT'S INFLUENCE IN CONTEMPORARY DEMOCRATIC THEORY
11. Thinking Democracy Beyond Regimes: 'Untangling Political Analysis from the Nation-State; Marc G. Doucet
12. Lefort and the Symbolic Dimension; Warren Breckman
13. Democracy Beyond the Political; Brian Singer
14. Lefort and the Fate of Radical Democracy; Jeremy Valentine
15. The Advent of the Aesthetico-Political; Martín Plot

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