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The Truth of Democracy (Paperback)

Author: Nancy, Jean-Luc

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"Nancy answers the reductive rewriting of history concerning May '68 with a resounding philosophical salvo, both salutary and exhortatory: think again, he urges, think through the current political impasses?of the Left in crisis, of the unimpeachable logic of economics, of globalized markets, and so on?not just to uncover the necessarily disruptive aspirations of an always perfectible democracy, but to reconceive politics as the incalculability of being in common?'?David Wills, University at Albany, SUNY

The initial provocation for The Truth of Democracy was the fortieth anniversary of May '68 and the recent criticism (some by French President Nicolas Sarkozy himself) leveled against the ideals and actors at the center of this important but still misunderstood moment in French history. Nancy here defends what he calls simply "68" without apology or equivocation, calling it an essential stage in the search for the "truth of democracy?' Less a period within time than a critical moment or interruption of time, 68 needs to be understood, Nancy argues, as an "event" that provided a glimpse into the very "spirit of democracy;' a spirit that is linked not to some common vision, idea, or desire (such as the nation, the republic, the people, or humanity) but to an icommensurability (the infinity of man or man's exceeding of himself) at the origin of democracy.

Written in a direct and accessible, almost manifesto-like style, The Truth of Democracy presents a forceful plea that we rethink democracy not as one political regime or form among others but as that which opens up the very experience of being in common.

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Publisher Fordham Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780823232451
SKU 213648041
Format Paperback
ISBN10 082323245X
Release Date 5/14/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0055
Publisher Fordham University Press
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