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    The Deliberative Model of Democracy: Two Critical Remarks.Raf Geenens - 2007 - Ratio Juris 20 (3):355-377.
    The deliberative model of democracy, as presented by Jürgen Habermas and others, claims to reconstruct the normative content of the idea of democracy. However, since it overemphasises the epistemic facet of decision‐making, the model is unable to take into account other valuable aspects of democracy. This is shown in reference to two concrete phenomena from political reality: majority voting and the problem of the dissenter. In each case, the deliberative model inevitably fails to account for several normatively desirable features of (...)
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    Democracy, Human Rights and History.Raf Geenens - 2008 - European Journal of Political Theory 7 (3):269-286.
    This article offers an overview of the French political philosopher Claude Lefort's oeuvre, arguing that his work should be read as a normative or even universalist justification of democracy and human rights. The notion of history plays a crucial notion in this enterprise, as Lefort demonstrates that there is an ineluctable 'historical' or 'political' condition of human coexistence, a condition that can only be properly accommodated in a regime of democracy and human rights. This reading of Lefort is contrasted with (...)
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    Lottocracy Versus Democracy.Stefan Rummens & Raf Geenens - forthcoming - Res Publica:1-19.
    This paper critically compares a deliberative system based on parliamentary elections (an electoral system) and a deliberative system based on sortition (a lottocratic system). Both systems are analyzed in three dimensions. The epistemic dimension concerns the rational quality of the democratic process. The power dimension concerns the distribution of power and the extent to which citizens genuinely control all decisions. The motivational dimension, finally, concerns citizens’ identification with the decision-making process and their willingness to abide by its outcomes. We argue (...)
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    Sovereignty as Autonomy.Raf Geenens - 2017 - Law and Philosophy 36 (5):495-524.
    Many philosophers, past and present, have attempted to eradicate the notion of sovereignty. The most interesting and most ambitious attempt to do so, comes from those philosophers who claim that sovereignty is in principle incompatible with the rule of law. The purpose of this paper is to repel this latter attack. In order to do so, I investigate the analogy between sovereignty and individual autonomy. The resulting conception of sovereignty, ‘sovereignty as autonomy’, shows that sovereignty and the rule of law (...)
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    Unity and Division. Lefort and Clastres on the Role of Power in the Constitution of Society.Raf Geenens - 2023 - Critical Horizons 24 (3):215-230.
    This article looks at the relation between the ideas of philosopher Claude Lefort and ethnologist Pierre Clastres. Both French authors worked in the same paradigm. They were convinced that politics is the “infrastructure” of society: all societies are politically constituted and can only be understood by interpreting the workings of political power. Yet they strongly disagreed on the dividedness of society. Clastres believed that a good solution to the problem of power is possible, while Lefort believes that the presence of (...)
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    The ‘Co‐Originality’ of Constituent Power and Representation.Raf Geenens, Thomas Decreus, Femmy Thewissen, Antoon Braeckman & Marta Resmini - 2015 - Constellations 22 (4):514-522.
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    ‘When I Was Young and Politically Engaged...’: Lefort on the Problem of Political Commitment.Raf Geenens - 2006 - Thesis Eleven 87 (1):19-32.
    This article attempts to reconstruct a Lefortian account of the phenomenon of political commitment. In a democracy, the gap between the subject of commitment and its object, the domain of politics, is unavoidable. The result is an attitude towards political causes characterized by a two-way movement between an engaged perspective and a more distant, realist perspective. Although the contrast between these two perspectives is disenchanting, we, as democratic citizens, nevertheless have an obligation to hold on to both perspectives simultaneously. Justification (...)
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    De staat van de politieke filosofie.Antoon Braeckman & Raf Geenens - 2015 - Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 107 (4):415-462.
    The state of political philosophy In this article we attempt to do what is by definition impossible: providing a complete picture of the discipline of political philosophy today. We start by presenting the three thematic subfields in which most research seems to be taking place: democracy (including such topics as deliberation, representation, radical democracy, republicanism, and populism), justice (which covers such diverse topics as capabilities, intergenerational justice, and linguistic justice), and what we call the ‘postnational constellation’. This latter subfield in (...)
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    An Anti-foundationalist Foundationalism.Raf Geenens - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 50:185-194.
    In this paper I investigate a class of theories that attempt to justify democracy and human rights on the basis of a specific political anthropology. These theories belong to what could be called contemporary French liberalism, as exemplified by Claude Lefort, Marcel Gauchet, and Pierre Rosanvallon. These thinkers share the important intuition that human coexistence is rooted in a fundamental “political” and “historical” condition. Although this condition can be illustrated by meansof empirical examples, I will argue that their argument should (...)
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    A tripartite model of federalism.Raf Geenens & Helder De Schutter - 2023 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 49 (7):753-785.
    The classical account of federalism is bipartite. Federal systems are understood to have a dual nature: on the one hand, there is the central government, and on the other hand, there are the constituent units. We argue instead for a tripartite model of federalism. In this model, a third institutional pillar is added to federal systems. This third pillar deals exclusively with matters related to the institutional architecture of the system. We argue for tripartite federalism on three grounds: a tripartite (...)
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    Boekbespreking: Hans Lindahl, Fault Lines of Globalization.Raf Geenens - 2015 - Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy 44 (1):83-86.
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    In memoriam Claude Lefort.Raf Geenens - 2011 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 73 (1):205-209.
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    La condition politique.Raf Geenens - 2009 - Revue Philosophique De Louvain 107 (1):101-125.
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    Modernity Gone Awry: Lefort on Totalitarian and Democratic Self-representation.Raf Geenens - 2012 - Critical Horizons 13 (1):74 - 93.
    This essay starts by reviewing Claude Lefort’s writings on totalitarianism, a theme that runs like a red thread through his oeuvre and plays a key role in the different stages of his intellectual development. The analysis of the USSR is a central interest of Lefort and his colleagues at Socialisme ou Barbarie (and inspires them to adopt an explicitly “political” approach against the “economism” of their fellow Marxists); the problem of totalitarianism features prominently in Lefort’s theory of democracy and human (...)
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  15. Reading Tocqueville: from oracle to actor.Raf Geenens & Annelien de Dijn (eds.) - 2007 - New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
    The essays collected here aim to set up a dialogue between the 'historical' and the 'contemporary' Tocqueville. In what ways does a contextualization of Tocqueville throw new light on his relevance as a political thinker today? How can a focus on his embeddedness in the political culture of the nineteenth century contribute to our understanding of his political thought? Or, conversely, how has the usage of Tocqueville's writings in day-to-day political debate influenced the reception of his work both in the (...)
     
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    The Emergence of Supranational Politics: A New Breath of Life for the Nation-State?Raf Geenens - 2011 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2011 (156):24-46.
    ExcerptThe field of supranational democracy, which this paper addresses, is usually characterized by grand institutional designs and utopian projects. My aim here is, however, admittedly modest. I would like to examine one specific strategy deployed by a number of political theorists writing in this field. These authors come from very different backgrounds—they range from Pierre Manent and John Pocock to Larry Siedentop and Jean Cohen—yet they all share one important idea: in response to models for global governance that seek to (...)
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  17. Tocqueville today? : contexts, interpretations and usages.Raf Geenens & Annelien De Dijn - 2007 - In Raf Geenens & Annelien de Dijn (eds.), Reading Tocqueville: From Oracle to Actor. Palgrave-Macmillan.
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    Review articles.Raf Geenens - 2007 - Research in Phenomenology 37 (3):443-455.
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    The Coming of Age of Global Democracy?Ronald Tinnevelt & Raf Geenens - 2008 - Ethical Perspectives 15 (4):427-451.
    In “The coming of age of global democracy? An introduction”, Ronald Tinnevelt & Raf Geenens indicate why cosmopolitan democracy has become such a hotly debated issue within political theory, and survey some of the theoretical challenges and objections that proponents of global democracy often encounter.
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  20. Contingency and Universality? Lefort's Ambiguous Justification of Democracy: The Philosophy of Claude Lefort: Interpreting the Political.Raf Geenens - 2007 - Research in Phenomenology 37 (3):443-455.