David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Contemporary political philosophy in the West is the philosophy of democracy, is democratic theory. Philosophy under democracy has become complacent. Even the recent reaffirmation of communism by influential philosophers such as Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek failed to inspire a significant following. There has been no radical philosophical reaction to the near-collapse of the capitalist economic system, mainly because any criticism of capitalism would imply a criticism of democracy ("the best possible political shell for capitalism", as Lenin said). Techno-philosophical alternatives to democracy, such as anarcho-capitalist "seasteading", and calls for the suspension of democracy to cure climate change are originating outside academic departments of philosophy. Is there still philosophy if everyone agrees? Is philosophy still philosophy if discontent with the-one-and-only-truth can only be voiced from outside the academy? Or does political philosophy more and more resemble Plato's cave? This paper will venture outside the cave, outside the comfort zone of western academic philosophy as always-already-democratic. Only in this way can it seek to engage in a meaningful dialogue with non-western worldviews. Only by stepping into the light will we illuminate why still, in the twenty-first century, scholars may be justified in studying not democracy, but anti-democracy. Where are the niches of anti-democratic thought that may yet save us from the destruction wrought upon the world by the failing capitalist-democratic complex? What are the political trends against democracy we miss at our peril and what are their philosophical implications, worldwide? What are the new alternatives to democracy that emerge in our day? Free of self-imposed prejudice, this paper rejects the boycott of thought that does not comply with western inhibitions, and refuses to shy away from the encounter of philosophical positions emanating from non-democratic political practices. Philosophy is not blind, it does not condone any ideologies uncritically, and philosophy does not equal democracy.
|Keywords||anti-democratic thought anti-democracy democratic theory political theory political philosophy|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Erich Kofmel (ed.) (2008). Anti-Democratic Thought. Imprint Academic.
Erich Kofmel (2008). Fighting Capitalism and Democracy. In , Anti-Democratic Thought. Imprint Academic.
Erich Kofmel (2008). Re-Introducing Anti-Democratic Thought. In , Anti-Democratic Thought. Imprint Academic.
Thom Brooks (2006). Plato, Hegel, and Democracy. Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain 53:24-50.
Jeff Noonan (2005). Modernization, Rights, and Democratic Society: The Limits of Habermas's Democratic Theory. [REVIEW] Res Publica 11 (2):101-123.
M. Hamashita (2008). The Non- and Anti-Democratic in Post-Modernity. Diogenes 55 (4):27-31.
Matthew D. Dinan (2013). Keeping the Old Name: Derrida and the Deconstructive Foundations of Democracy. European Journal of Political Theory 13 (1):1474885112474441.
Mostapha Benhenda (2011). Liberal Democracy and Political Islam: The Search for Common Ground. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 10 (1):88-115.
Joshua Cohen (2009). Philosophy, Politics, Democracy: Selected Essays. Harvard University Press.
Noëlle McAfee (2008). Democracy and the Political Unconscious. Columbia University Press.
L. M. Johnson (2012). Terror, Torture and Democratic Autoimmunity. Philosophy and Social Criticism 38 (1):105-124.
Philip Pettit (2012). On the People's Terms: A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy. Cambridge University Press.
Thomas Clarke (1999). Feyerabend, Rorty, Mouffe and Keane: On Realising Democracy. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 2 (3):81-118.
Added to index2011-09-20
Total downloads68 ( #22,865 of 1,099,731 )
Recent downloads (6 months)16 ( #13,323 of 1,099,731 )
How can I increase my downloads?