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Stella Gaon

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079238

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079238.001.0001

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Alterity as democracy-to-come

Alterity as democracy-to-come

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Democracy in Crisis

Stella Gaon

Manchester University Press

This chapter analyses the relationship between alterity and the conception of ‘democracy-to-come’ that emerges in the later writings of Jacques Derrida. It argues that though the letter of democratic politics signifies its meaning as rule, the spirit of democracy is its radical openness to the alterity of others, and that, in this meeting between democracy's letter and its spirit rests the only hope for democracy. It contends that this willingness and openness, this alterity at the heart of political action is the very essence of democracy.

Keywords:   alterity, democracy-to-come, Jacques Derrida, democratic politics, radical openness, political action

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