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Complications : communism and the dilemmas of democracy

Author: Claude Lefort
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2007.
Series: Columbia studies in political thought/political history.
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"Complications: Communism and the Dilemmas of Democracy ties together the central concerns of the work of Claude Lefort over the past half-century. A pivotal figure in French thought, Lefort studied under Maurice Merleau-Ponty, cofounded with Cornelius Castoriadis the influential journal Socialisme ou Barbarie, and famously engaged in a heated debate with Jean-Paul Sartre over the Soviet Union and Communist parties  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lefort, Claude.
Complications.
New York : Columbia University Press, c2007
(OCoLC)655061173
Named Person: Claude Lefort
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Claude Lefort
ISBN: 9780231133005 0231133006
OCLC Number: 76416487
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: x, 237 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Wisdom of the historian --
Critique of "couch liberalism" --
Autopsy of an illusion --
Marx's false paternity --
The idea of revolution and the revolutionary phenomenon --
The Jacobin phantom --
A liberal matrix for the dictatorship of the proletariat? --
Democracy and totalitarianism --
The myth of the Soviet Union in the West --
The French communist party after World War II --
Utopia and tragedy --
The political and the social --
An intentional movement --
The party above all --
Disincorporation and reincorporation of power --
Hannah Arendt on the law of movement and ideology --
The perversion of the law --
The fabrication of the social voluntary servitude --
Impossible reform --
Planning and social division --
Psychologism and moralism at fault --
Communism and the constitution of the world-space.
Series Title: Columbia studies in political thought/political history.
Other Titles: Complication.
Responsibility: Claude Lefort ; translated, with an introduction, by Julian Bourg.
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Presents fresh ways of understanding the rise and fall of the Soviet Union and the Communist phenomenon. This book engages the work of prominent historians Martin Malia and Francois Furet and shows  Read more...

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Anyone with any interest in understanding the rise and fall of communism in the 20th century will find this book immensely stimulating. -- Paul Anderson Tribune Magazine 1/11/08 A work of extreme Read more...

 
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