In the "Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right,” the youngMarx elliptically alludes to a "true democracy" whose advent wouldgo hand in hand with the disappearance of the state. MiguelAbensour’s rigorous interpretation of this seminal textreveals an “unknown Marx” who undermines theidentification of democracy with the state and defends ahistorically occluded form of politics.True democracy does not entail the political and economic power ofthe state, but it does not dream of a post-political societyeither. On the contrary, the battle of democracy is waged by ademos that invents a public sphere of permanent struggles, apolitics that counters political bureaucracy and representation.Democracy is "won" by a people forewarned that any dissolution ofthe political realm in its independence, any subordination to thestate, is tantamount to annihilating the site for gaining andregaining a genuinely human existence.In this explicitly heterodox reading of Marx, Miguel Abensourproposes a theory of "insurgent" democracy that makes politicalliberty synonymous with a living critique of domination.
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About the Author
Miguel Abensour is Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Paris VII - Denis-Diderot.
Table of Contents
Translator's Introduction: "To Think Emancipation Otherwise" by Max Blechman Preface to the Italian edition (2008) Preface to the second French edition (2004): "Of Insurgent Democracy"Preface Introduction Chapter 1: The Utopia of the Rational State Chapter 2: Political Intelligence Chapter 3: From the 1843 Crisis to the Criticism of Politics Chapter 4: A Reading Hypothesis Chapter 5: The Four Characteristics of True Democracy Chapter 6: True Democracy and ModernityConclusion Annex: "Savage Democracy" and the "Principle of Anarchy"