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Against the Personification of Democracy: A Lacanian by Wesley C. Swedlow

By Wesley C. Swedlow

"Against the Personification of Democracy" deals a brand new idea of political subjectivity that places the limitation of hope into the vanguard, utilizing Lacan to learn key figures in political philosophy. "Against the Personification of Democracy" deals a brand new conception of political subjectivity that places the quandary of wish into the leading edge. through the use of Lacan to learn key figures in political philosophy, the ebook demonstrates why democratic idea - consultant or radical - is not just useless in terms of the simplest kind of political cohabitation, but in addition efficient of harmful and self-defeating forces. An quintessential textual content for somebody drawn to political idea, political philosophy, and democratic concept, "Against the Personification of Democracy" evaluations confident theories of sovereignty via its research of political subjectivity and the matter of wish. extra importantly, it presents a really common concept of democratic cohabitation that escapes political wish and hence the scapegoats of democratic failure, let alone the nervousness of the impossibility of the democratic promise.

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B. 53 In her early work Imperialism, Arendt analyzes the manner in which the bourgeoisie came to political power during the Imperialist era, replacing a national community with a privatized and commercial conception of political existence: When in the era of imperialism, businessmen became politicians and were acclaimed as statesmen, while statesmen were taken seriously only if they talk the language of successful businessmen and “thought in continents,” these private practices and devices were gradually transformed into rules and principles for the conduct of public affairs.

To answer in the affirmative is to only repeat the impasse of desire. Desire, as Hobbes so clearly shows us, is defined by its impossible satisfaction, by its bad infinity that can only be described as a ‘yet one more’: ‘yet one more’ object to bolster my position, ‘yet one more’ accomplishment to establish my eminence, my virtue, ‘yet one more’ that must be obtained after this one. Desire is thereby an exponential division, one that increases its need on the basis of the intensification of its previous achievement.

At the heart of human interaction beats a base compulsion; namely, the desire for power, a decidedly non-Wittgensteinian concept. When the search for power is ruled by the passions, it tends toward the ruination of society and all its accomplishments. For as the end of the above quote indicates, when the passions are the final arbiter of any debate, each individual’s quest for dominance overtakes the fruits of reason, resulting in a constant attempt to trump others in order not to be right so much as to win.

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