Against the Personification of Democracy: A Lacanian Critique of Political Subjectivity



Against the Personification of Democracy: A Lacanian Critique of Political Subjectivity By Wesley C. Swedlow
Publisher: Continuum 2009 | 199 Pages | ISBN: 0826434215 | File type: PDF | 1 mb


"Against the Personification of Democracy" offers a new theory of political subjectivity that puts the dilemma of desire into the forefront, using Lacan to read key figures in political philosophy. "Against the Personification of Democracy" offers a new theory of political subjectivity that puts the dilemma of desire into the forefront. By using Lacan to read key figures in political philosophy, the book demonstrates why democratic theory - representative or radical - is not only ineffective when it comes to the best form of political cohabitation, but also productive of destructive and self-defeating forces. An indispensable text for anyone interested in political theory, political philosophy, and democratic theory, "Against the Personification of Democracy" critiques positive theories of sovereignty through its analysis of political subjectivity and the problem of desire. More importantly, it provides a truly universal theory of democratic cohabitation that escapes political desire and thus the scapegoats of democratic failure, not to mention the anxiety of the impossibility of the democratic promise.

About the AuthWesley Swedlow is Ph.D. Adjunct at the University of San Francisco where he teaches courses on ethics and philosophy. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy with an emphasis in political philosophy.


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