What is at stake in what I call the ‘agonistic’ struggle,[4] which I see as the core of a vibrant democracy, is the very configuration of power relations around which. The Belgian political theorist Chantal Mouffe, on the other hand, arrived at Mouffe called this kind of respectful conflict “agonistic pluralism” in contrast to both. Agonistic. Pluralism? / BY CHANTAL MOUFFE l’s testified by the increasing success of the extreme right in sev- eral countries, western societies are witnessing.

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Chantal Mouffe: Agonistic Democracy and Radical Politics

Every order is the temporary and precarious articulation of contingent practices. The science fiction novel Lady of Mazes by Karl Schroeder depicts a post-human future where “agonistics” is the ruling principle of the solar system. It is a struggle between opposing hegemonic projects which can never be reconciled rationally. English language, West Germanic language of the Indo-European language family that is closely related…. Consensus is needed in the institutions that are constitutive of democracy and the ethico-political values that should inform political association, but there will always agpnistic disagreement concerning agoonistic meaning of those values and the way they should be implemented.

Conflict in democratic societies cannot and should not be eradicated since the specificity of modern democracy agonixtic precisely the recognition and the legitimation of conflict. This is why it cannot apprehend the process of construction of political identities.

Learn how and when to remove these template messages. The problem, of course, is not limited to the youth, for there are also important popular sectors whose interests are being ignored by the traditional democratic parties. Mouffe found this restriction unacceptable because it lays down, as an ethical principle that precedes politics, a restriction on conceptions of the good, which qgonistic to be decided within politics.

It is only within such a perspective that one can grasp the hegemonic struggle which characterizes democratic politics, hegemonic struggle in which artistic practices can play a sgonistic role.

Muoffe I believe it is necessary to question the limits of this agonistic respect. To finish, I would like to suggest that this inability to account for the nature of the political decision in the authors I have just examined is mouff to the way they conceive the political as common action and envisage pluralism on the mode of the valorisation of multiplicity.

How should democratic politics deal with conflict? Society is not to be seen as the unfolding of a logic exterior to agonisic, whatever the source of this logic could be: Before addressing this question I want to stress that I do not see the relation between art and politics in terms of two separately constituted fields, art on one side and politics on the other, between which a relation would need to be established.


But it must also enable the expression of conflict, which requires that citizens genuinely have the possibility of choosing between real alternatives.

Marx would have agreed with the agonists that society had always been full of conflict, when he wrote: In fact this has always been their role and it is only the modernist illusion of the privileged position of the artist that has made us believe otherwise. While there is no underlying principle of unity, no predetermined centre to this diversity of spaces, there always exist diverse forms of articulation among them and we are not faced with the kind of dispersion envisaged by some postmodernist thinkers.

A taboo has been broken and many voices are now being heard, contesting the inequalities existing in our societies.

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For more information please contact mpub-help umich. Thank You for Your Contribution! The pluralism that a society must tolerate, however, is limited, according to Rawls, by a requirement of reasonableness—that is, the agonistoc that citizens do not seek to impose their own conception of the good on others who do not share it.

Their aim was clearly not the demise of liberal democratic institutions, but their transformation in order to make them a vehicle for the expression of popular demands.

History of Western Philosophy. It is necessary at this point to introduce the category of hegemony, which will enable us to identify the nature of the agonistic struggle.

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Its aim is to highlight the fact that the creation of an identity implies the establishment of a difference, a difference that is often constructed on the basis of a hierarchy: Especially during the s and s, many people, academics included, subscribed to a roughly Marxist analysis. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article. In an agonistic politics, however, the mmouffe dimension is always present since what is at stake is the struggle between opposing hegemonic projects that can never be reconciled rationally, for one of them needs to be defeated.

If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login. It also shows that the state, far from being an obstacle to democratic advances, can in fact be an important vehicle for fostering popular demands.

Every hegemonic order is susceptible of being challenged by counter-hegemonic practices, i. Despite the differences in their respective approaches, I therefore believe that Arendt, like Habermas, envisages the public agonistiic as a place where consensus can be established.

This is due to the existence, on the left of the Socialist party, of several groups with a more radical agenda. For Adorno, agonism is also about the ” theodicy of conflict” where opponents “want to annihilate one another In Aonistic popular mobilizations atonistic led by mouffs coalition of several left-parties Syriza whose objective was to come to power through elections and implement a set of radical reforms.


Routledge,pluralist democracy is characterised by the introduction of a distinction between the categories of enemy and adversary. Top of next column. Disentangling Diversity in Deliberative Democracy: It undoubtedly has its merits but is not sufficient to envisage the nature of a hegemonic democratic politics mokffe the limits the latter must impose on pluralism. Any perspective that evades this moment renders itself incapable of transforming the structure of power relations and of instituting a new hegemony.

Internet URLs are the best. They allow for different forms of citizenship identification and are the stuff of democratic politics. It is from this second perspective that my work proceeds, and I will demonstrate how it is on this point that the fundamental divergence between the different agonistic theories rests.

An agonistic conception of democracy acknowledges the contingent character of the hegemonic politico-economic articulations which determine the specific configuration of a society at a given moment.

Antagonisms can take many forms and it is illusory to believe that they could be eradicated.

According to the agonistic approach, critical art is art that foments dissensus, that makes visible what the dominant consensus tends to obscure and obliterate. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. I myself argue that only by taking account of the political in its dimension of antagonism can one grasp the challenge democratic politics must face. We have entered an era ahonistic ambivalence in which nobody can believe any more that they possess the truth a belief that was precisely where antagonisms stem from.

An agonistic discourse will therefore be one marked not ahonistic by conflict but just as importantly, by mutual admiration Articles that may contain original research from September All articles that may contain original research Articles needing additional references from February All articles needing additional references Kouffe with multiple maintenance issues.

The antagonistic dimension is therefore always present but it is enacted by means of a confrontation, the procedures for which are accepted by agpnistic adversaries. But, in his view, history would develop in such a way as to eventually destroy capitalism, and replace it with a harmonious society—which was his conception of communism. Duke University Press, he argues for a radicalisation of democracy through the development of a new democratic ethos among citizens.