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CONFLICTUAL REPUBLICANISM AND DEMOCRATIC PLURALISTIC AGONISM: A DIALOGUE BETWEEN MACHIAVELLI AND CHANTAL MOUFFE

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Author(s): José Luiz Ames

Journal: Princípios : Revista de Filosofia
ISSN 0104-8694

Volume: 19;
Issue: 31;
Start page: 209;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Chantal Mouffe | democracy | Machiavelli | political conflict | republicanism

ABSTRACT
This paper aims to point out that Machiavelli’s contribution can go beyond from merely an articulation between individual freedom and civic participation, as viewed by Skinner. It can be showed that Machiavelli’s most fruitful contribution is in his conception of conflict as a ineradicable dimension of politics, which is an aspect neglected by Skinner when he reduced it to a form among others of cultivation of civic virtue. Drawing upon reflections developed in the last decades by Chantal Mouffe, this paper analyzes some unfoldings of that Machiavelli’s original intuition. Machiavelli’s works can be thought through the analytical categories elaborated by Chantal and thus contribute to a new modern politic conception of democracy.
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