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Chantal Mouffe: AGONISTICS: Thinking the World Politically

Passionate defense of “the political” by the author of The Democratic Paradox.

Political conflict in our society is inevitable, and the results are often far from negative. How then should we deal with the intractable differences arising from complex modern culture?

Developing her groundbreaking political philosophy of agnostics—the search for a radical and plural democracy—Chantal Mouffe examines international relations, strategies for radical politics, the future of Europe and the politics of artistic practices. She shows that in many circumstances where no alternatives seem possible, agonistics offers a new road map for change. Engaging with cosmopolitanism, post-operaism, and theories of multiple modernities she argues in favor of a multipolar world with a real cultural and political pluralism. 

 

Chantal Mouffe is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster. Her  books include The Return of the Political; Hegemony and Socialist Strategy (with Ernesto Laclau); The Dimensions of Radical Democracy; Gramsci and Marxist Theory; Deconstruction and Pragmatism; The Democratic Paradox; and The Challenge of Carl Schmitt.

 

Contents

Foreword 

Introduction 

What Is Agonistic Politics? 

Which Democracy for a Multipolar Agonistic
World? 

An Agonistic Approach to the Future of Europe 

Radical Politics Today 

Agonistic Politics and Artistic Practices 

Conclusion 

Interview with Chantal Mouffe

Index of Personal Names