By Wesley C. Swedlow
"Against the Personification of Democracy" deals a brand new thought of political subjectivity that places the limitation of hope into the leading edge, utilizing Lacan to learn key figures in political philosophy. "Against the Personification of Democracy" deals a brand new idea of political subjectivity that places the problem of wish into the vanguard. through the use of Lacan to learn key figures in political philosophy, the publication demonstrates why democratic idea - consultant or radical - is not just useless in terms of the simplest type of political cohabitation, but in addition effective of harmful and self-defeating forces. An essential textual content for an individual attracted to political idea, political philosophy, and democratic concept, "Against the Personification of Democracy" reviews confident theories of sovereignty via its research of political subjectivity and the matter of wish. extra importantly, it offers a really common thought of democratic cohabitation that escapes political hope and hence the scapegoats of democratic failure, let alone the nervousness of the impossibility of the democratic promise.
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Still, one could argue that Hobbes and Althusser, as authors of the structure of political consciousness, both inhabit the same extra-ideological position, each, in their own way, laying claim to the elaboration of a science. ]” Of course, in the title of her article, “From Redistribution to Recognition? Dilemmas of Justice in a ‘Post-Socialist’ Age,” the use of scare quotes around post-socialist alerts us to the fact that she is going to be engaging in some socialist redistribution shenanigans.
41 It is our ability in the eyes of others, and vice versa, that decides our felicity in life, our capacity not to fulfill this or that desire or endeavor, but to respond yet again to desire’s endless demand. ”42 We are public commodities, vying to reach the highest price on the market of eminence. To put this point in contemporary terms, we achieve our success in the eyes of the Other, or the social body that delivers judgments of success or failure. 43 Such desire let loose and unbounded will dutifully dissolve into a generally constant and voracious need for ever more.
We can thus not agree fully with the likes of Macpherson and Arendt when they argue that Hobbes was the theorist of irrational, greedy, and ultimately solipsistic bourgeois individuals. On the contrary, such an argument misses not only the thoroughly anti-utilitarian nature of the selfdestructive natural subject, but also the rather complicated manner in which Hobbes constructs as necessary a state of ideological training of and against our fractious desire, a point which will now be fully elaborated.
Against the Personification of Democracy: A Lacanian Critique of Political Subjectivity by Wesley C. Swedlow