David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Inquiry 38 (1 & 2):99 – 108 (1995)
I agree with the critique of rationalism proposed by Spinosa, Flores, and Dreyfus in ?Disclosing New Worlds?. Today the defence of democracy requires us to understand that allegiance to democratic institutions can only rest on identification with the practices, the language?games, and the discourses which are constitutive of the democratic ?form of life?, and that it is not a question of providing them with a rational justification. My comments are developed in two directions. First, as a development of their thesis concerning the centrality of practices, I suggest that in order to grasp the present crisis of democratic forms of individuality we can learn a lot from Nietzsche's analysis of ?nihilism?. Second, I point to a dimension which I consider to be missing in the perspective put forward in the article. It fails to take account of the fact that the constitution of a ?we? always requires the determination of a ?them?. This, in my view, has important consequences for the relation between solidarity and politics. I conclude by arguing for the need to introduce an agonistic element in the view of solidarity, and for the crucial role of the category of the adversary in a pluralist democracy whose aim is to transform antagonism into agonism
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
David Plotke (2006). Democratic Polities and Anti-Democratic Politics. Theoria 53 (111):6-44.
Salvatore Vasta (2010). A New “Essential Tension” for Rationality and Culture. What Happens If Politics Tries to Encounter Science Again. Axiomathes 20 (1):129-143.
Jeff Edmonds (2011). Toward an Ethics of the Encounter: William James's Push Beyond Tolerance. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 25 (2):133-147.
R. W. Glover (2012). Games Without Frontiers? Democratic Engagement, Agonistic Pluralism and the Question of Exclusion. Philosophy and Social Criticism 38 (1):81-104.
Charles Taylor (1995). On 'Disclosing New Worlds'. Inquiry 38 (1 & 2):119 – 122.
Maughn Gregory (2000). Care as a Goal of Democratic Education. Journal of Moral Education 29 (4):445-461.
Charles Spinosa, Fernando Flores & Hubert Dreyfus (1995). Disclosing New Worlds: Entrepreneurship, Democratic Action, and the Cultivation of Solidarity. Inquiry 38 (1 & 2):3 – 63.
Andrew Schaap (2006). Agonism in Divided Societies. Philosophy and Social Criticism 32 (2):255-277.
David Couzens Hoy (1995). Skillful Solidarity. Inquiry 38 (1 & 2):65 – 74.
Added to index2009-01-30
Total downloads35 ( #40,748 of 1,004,690 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #64,743 of 1,004,690 )
How can I increase my downloads?