Agonism or Deliberation? : A Critical Study on the Democratic Theories of Chantal Mouffe and Rainer Forst
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Filosofi, etik och religion
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AbstractTaking as motivation Chantal Mouffe’s critique of Habermasian deliberative democracy, this thesis sets out to evaluate her conception of democracy — agonistic pluralism — in relation the deliberative approach of Rainer Forst. The evaluation was performed with the aid of a specific conceptualization of legitimacy as to its function, source, and connection to democracy. The evaluation found that the Forstian model of democracy was more aligned to the thesis’ concept of legitimacy. However, the evaluation also found that aspects of Mouffe’s democratic theory was not at such odds with the deliberative approach as it would have you believe.