author={Chantal Mouffe},
  journal={The Licit Life of Capitalism},
  • C. Mouffe
  • Published 2019
  • Political Science
  • The Licit Life of Capitalism
Since September 11th, we frequently hear that political differences should be put aside: the real struggle is between good and evil. What does this mean for political and social life? Is there a 'Third Way' beyond left and right, and if so, should we fear or welcome it? This thought-provoking book by Chantal Mouffe, a globally recognized political author, presents a timely account of the current state of democracy, affording readers the most relevant and up-to-date information. Arguing that… 

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    AVANT. The Journal of the Philosophical-Interdisciplinary Vanguard
  • 2019
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  • 2020
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