I’m stuck on a Philosophy question and need an explanation.
AGONISTIC MODEL OF DEMOCRACY
Reading: Mouffe, “For an Agonistic Model of Democracy”
As you can see, Chantal Mouffe is quite critical of Habermas and the
deliberative model. She believes that both Habermas and Rawls fail to
appreciate the antagonistic, or agonistic as she calls it, dimension of
politics. She in fact maintains that Habermas and Rawls are not as friendly
to pluralism as they believe they are. Against them, she advocates for a
more confrontational model of democracy.
1. What is Mouffe’s objection to “total pluralism”? How are the
limits set (especially p. 93)?
2. What is the difference between agonism and antagonism, for