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Democracy and Political Theory by Claude Lefort
  

Democracy and Political Theory

Synopsis

Democracy and Political Theory by Claude Lefort

This book examines the central questions of democracy and politics in modern societies. 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 the 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. 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. This work should interest specialists in social and political theory and philosophers.

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Book Info

Publication date

22nd September 1988

Author

Claude Lefort

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Publisher

Polity Press

Format

Hardback
100 pages

Categories

Political structures: democracy
Political science & theory
Human rights
Political ideologies

ISBN

9780745604374

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