Radical Democracy

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Political Science

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Radical Democracy

Spring 2021

Taught By: Andreas Kalyvas

Section: A

CRN: 7078

Credits: 4

The course focuses on radical democracy in a broader attempt to radically rethink the modern concept of democracy. It will introduce students to various formulations of the radical democratic project (absolute democracy, true democracy, agonistic democracy, constituent democracy, fugitive democracy, democracy as disagreement, democracy to come, etc.) and examine contemporary debates over the content, meaning, and value of democracy. The main emphasis is on the modern advent of democracy as the seminar engages with the relationship between democracy and the state-form, freedom and order, legality and legitimacy, participation and inclusion, equality and difference, power and law. We will consider the promises and paradoxes of popular sovereignty, constituent power, constitutionalism, and citizenship and interrogate the tense and contested relationship between democracy understood as a form of government and/or as a revolutionary practice of resistance to domination. We will also discuss the dilemmas of popular sovereignty and the challenge of representation and consider the interplay between pluralism and identity, the drive for inclusion and the play of exclusions. The objective is twofold: 1) to determine which radical elements in democratic theory remain current, no matter what form they take in various historical and theoretical instances; 2) to understand that the concept of radical democracy is indeed not abstract and transcendental but historical and political, with its central impetus being the self-interrogation and self-alteration of society. Authors like Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, Cornelius Castoriadis, Claude Lefort, Sheldon Wolin, Jacques Rancière, Wendy Brown, Jacques Derrida, Antonio Negri, and Miguel Abensour will be central in this rethinking of democracy and the overall attempt of the course to construct the genealogy of a discourse that seeks to break away from the democratic closure of the present.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Political Science (LPOL)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 12:56am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/6/2021