Family Squabbles: Beyond the Conflict-Consensus Divide

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This article examines the consensus-conflict divide within contemporary democratic theory as manifested in the works of Jürgen Habermas, Chantal Mouffe, Jacques Rancière, and John Rawls. It relates the democratic crisis diagnosis to the presence of this conceptual divide and suggests overcoming it by focusing on the work of Michel Foucault, especially his concept of the "rectangle of the good parrhesia." Foucault's analysis goes beyond conflict-consensus through its positive and creative reconceptualization of political authority featuring a transformative capacity linked to the idea of telling the truth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-66
Number of pages11
JournalDemocratic Theory
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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