Ernesto Laclau And Chanal Mouffe's Radical Democracy

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This paper seeks to substantiate the thesis that Judith Butler’s subversive thinking constitutes a radicalization of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffes’s radical democracy. Although it is not always readily accepted that there is a significant connection between Butler and Laclau-Mouffes’s thought we should not ignore the strong subterranean ties between them. Furthermore, I will claim that Butler is a radical democrat and that she develops her conceptualisation of radical democracy in part out of a criticial examination with the work of Laclau and Mouffe’s, particularly Mouffe’s. The radical democracy, which represents a conception of politics in which all identities are accepted and their ambiguities are rejected by rejecting the idea that society is a single essence, makes functional Queer’s potential to peel away the stability of identities which are taken for granted in the terms of politics. Since there is no single image and sex of the body, the public space in which some of identities are created by the sexes can not afford the equal citizenship demands. The politics to be pursued is to use Queer 's blurring effect of boundaries by dissolving the distinction of public / private space, and to participate in the public interest of groups whose visibility is confined to the private space. Only with this way, a radical, heterogeneous and democratic politics could be possible that would allow us to unite differences as Butler emphasizes the importance of the rights of
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