Radical Democracy, Post-Marxism, and the Machiavellian Moment

In “The Machiavellian Moment in Modern Thought,” historian Warren Breckman investigates how a thinker indelibly associated with the cynical practice of amoral politics has inspired a number of modern philosophical projects aimed at deepening and fostering democratic practice. This question, Breckman argues, takes us into concerns central to the history and theory of radical democracy. By looking at European political thought from the Enlightenment to the twentieth century (specifically Arendt, Strauss, and Schmitt); at interpretations of Machiavelli as a theorist of republican virtue; and at how twentieth-century left-wing theorists have mobilized Machiavelli to articulate different versions of radical democracy, Breckman explores how theorists have mined Machiavelli’s ideas for addressing contemporary challenges to democracy and for imagining a more robust democratic practice in their own times.

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mit Warren Breckman

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02.12.2013 - 19:30


Am Sandwerder 17-19