Democracy Ancient and Modern

New School for Social Research: Historical Studies

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Democracy Ancient and Modern

Fall 2018

Taught By: Andreas Kalyvas

Section: A

CRN: 7763

Credits: 3

This course focuses on the historical trajectory of the concept of democracy in political theory with a particular emphasis on the relationship between ancient and modern enactments of the democratic experience. We will explore lines of continuity, points of rupture, and moments of innovation in the long conceptual history of the democratic imaginary first by examining how the ancients performed and theorized the invention of the politics of the many and second by tracing the modern reception of ancient democracy as the paradoxical subject of criticism and admiration, rejection and renewal, which set the foundations for a radical resignification and profound transformation of democratic politics. The course has an overarching aim: as a genealogical investigation of the political concept of democracy it seeks to confront the pressing question of whether, to what degree, and in what ways the political constitution of modernity can be described as democratic. We will pursue this goal by reading selections from ancient, modern, and contemporary sources, including Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Xenophon, Cicero, Jean Bodin, Thomas Hobbes, Montesquieu, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the Federalists, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Constant, Alexis de Tocqueville, John Stuart Mill, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Schumpeter, Robert Dahl, Claude Lefort, Cornelius Castoriadis, and Sheldon Wolin.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Historical Studies (GHIS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 8

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:26am 2/21/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:45pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 901

Date Range: 8/29/2018 - 12/12/2018