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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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The ends of democracy: who, we?

The ends of democracy: who, we?

(p.179) 8 The ends of democracy: who, we?
Democracy in Crisis

Catherine Kellogg

Manchester University Press

This chapter analyses democracy in relation to Jacques Derrida's 1982 essay The ends of man. It argues that Derrida's contribution to thinking about democracy is his belief that democracy is an impossible possibility, insofar as it is both enabled and ultimately threatened by what can never be brought under the sign of ‘we’. This chapter also contends that Derrida's various attempts to define democracy within the history of Western political thought allowed him to trace its fundamental aporias, particularly the contradiction between freedom and equality.

Keywords:   democracy, Jacques Derrida, The ends of man, impossible possibility, political thought, aporias, freedom, equality

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