Chantal Mouffe


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in Charleroi, Belgium
January 01, 1943

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Chantal Mouffe is a Belgian political theorist. She holds a professorship at the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom. She is best known as co-author of Hegemony and Socialist Strategy with Ernesto Laclau. Their thoughts are usually described as post-Marxism as they were both politically active in the social and student movements of the 1960s including working class and new social movements (notably second-wave feminism in Mouffe's case). They rejected Marxist economic determinism and the notion of class struggle being the single crucial antagonism in society. Instead they urged for radical democracy of agonistic pluralism where all antagonisms could be expressed. In their opinion, ‘...there is no possibility of society without a ...more

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“All forms of consensus are by necessity based on acts of exclusion”
Chantal Mouffe

“to think politically requires recognizing the ontological dimension of radical negativity.1 It is because of the existence of a form of negativity that cannot be overcome dialectically that full objectivity can never be reached and that antagonism is an ever present possibility.”
Chantal Mouffe, Agonistics: Thinking The World Politically

“a central task of democratic politics is to provide the institutions which will permit conflicts to take an ‘agonistic’ form, where the opponents are not enemies but adversaries among whom exists a conflictual consensus.”
Chantal Mouffe, Agonistics: Thinking The World Politically



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