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By Mark Wenman

This pioneering booklet provides a scientific account of agonistic democracy, and a much-needed research of the center parts of agonism: pluralism, tragedy, and the worth of clash. It additionally lines the background of those rules, choosing the connections with republicanism and with Greek antiquity. Mark Wenman offers a serious appraisal of the top modern proponents of agonism and, in a sequence of well-crafted and entire discussions, brings those thinkers into debate with each other, in addition to with the post-structuralist and continental theorists who impression them. Wenman attracts broadly on Hannah Arendt, and stresses the artistic energy of human motion as augmentation and revolution. He additionally reworks Arendt's dialogue of reflective judgement to offer another sort of agonism, one the place the democratic contest is associated with the emergence of a militant type of cosmopolitanism, and to clients for historic switch within the context of neoliberal globalisation.

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