Agonism and Democracy
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This chapter explores the justification of an agonistic approach independently of its emergence as a critique of "liberalism", emphasizing instead how agonistic democracy offers an account of democratic aspirations appropriate to post-foundational insights. It examines how agonistic accounts of politics address post-foundational social implications, particularly pluralism, subjectivity, and power. It also distinguishes agonistic democratic theory from radical democracy. An agonistic theory of politics asserts that no aspect of the political should be immune from contestation. The theory of agonistic democracy emerged as an alternative to the liberal, deliberative, and aggregative accounts of democracy that dominate contemporary political science and political philosophy. Agonism precludes the assertion of any telos for political life and challenges all consensual answers to the institutional questions of politics. The conception of the person that accompanies an agonistic theory of democracy envisions subjects as constituted within the political, cultural, and linguistic structures of their experiences.