Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Martín Plot
      Pages 1-12
  3. Claude Lefort, A Close Reader: Intellectual Influences and Dialogues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Dick Howard
      Pages 15-22
    3. Bernard Flynn
      Pages 23-33
    4. Newton Bignotto
      Pages 34-50
    5. Claudia Hilb
      Pages 71-86
  4. Interpreting the Political: Events and Political Thought

  5. Symbolic Mutations: Lefort’s Influence in Contemporary Democratic Theory

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 239-245

About this book


This is the first English language volume to offer such a wide-ranging scholarly and intellectual perspective on Claude Lefort. It constitutes the most comprehensive attempt to reconstruct Lefort's engagement with his theoretical interlocutors as well as his influence on today's democratic thought and contemporary continental political philosophy.


Claude Lefort democracy Engagement human rights Leo Strauss Machiavelli political philosophy Political Thought politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Martín Plot
    • 1
  1. 1.Aesthetics & Politics Program and the School of Critical StudiesCalifornia Institute of the ArtsUSA

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