Wittgenstein, Political Theory and Democracy

Chantal Mouffe: Wittgenstein, Political Theory and Democracy

“The goal of this article is to show how a Wittgensteinian perspective could provide a new way of thinking about democracy that departs fundamentally from the dominant rationalist approach which characterizes most of liberal-democratic theory. A democratic thinking that would incorporate Wittgenstein’s insights, especially his insistence on the need to respect differences, would be more receptive to the multiplicity of voices that a pluralist society encompasses. Taking off from reflections of Wittgenstein’s later work, a series of central issues in contemporary political theory is discussed in order to sketch out this alternative way of democratic thinking.” [zum Artikel: polylog: Forum for Intercultural Philosophy 2 (2000)]

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