The Normative Framework of Democratic Politics

Todd May

in The Political Thought of Jacques Rancière

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780748635320
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671922 | DOI:
The Normative Framework of Democratic Politics

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This chapter develops a normative framework for democratic politics. The concept of domination plays a central role in the intersection of democratic politics with anarchism. A democratic politics exists when people act out of the presupposition of equality. Democratic politics holds movements that presuppose equality to be a good thing. It does not arise without changing the ethical space in which it arises. Violence is the natural temptation for those raised in a police order. Nonviolent political action is the most direct expression of a democratic politics that tries to express equality without denying the equality of others. The deeper the history of denial of equality, the stronger that temptation is. In this sense, the normative framework of democratic politics provides a corrective.

Keywords: democratic politics; normative framework; anarchism; equality; violence; nonviolent political action

Chapter.  17823 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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