02 January 2010

Book: Anti-Democratic Thought, ed. Erich Kofmel

Please circulate widely! Blog about it! etc.

A year ago, Imprint Academic released the long-awaited new book

"Anti-Democratic Thought", by Erich Kofmel (Editor), Exeter and Charlottesville: Imprint Academic, 250 pages, paperback

The book can be ordered from any bookstore on- and offline.

For example, Amazon:


Publisher's description:

"From a historical and cross-cultural perspective it cannot be denied that most democracies failed. Only western democracies for a short while – from the fall of Soviet communism to the rise of radical Islam – believed themselves to be invincible. It has therefore become necessary to think about political alternatives once more and to study threats to democracy from within and without as well as common modes of failure of democracy across times and cultures.

"This book marks the start of a daring new debate and re-introduces anti-democratic thought and practice to the academic discourse and into the syllabus.

"It wishes to offer a serious discussion of anti-democratic thought, rather than an apology of democracy.

"'I am the proponent of a new engagement with anti-democratic thought. This book outlines a positive agenda for the future.' – Erich Kofmel (Editor)

"In a comprehensive overview, contributors to this volume discuss theoretical perspectives as well as examples of anti-democratic thought from ancient Greece to modern-day Israel and Bangladesh.

"A book that grew out of an international workshop on Anti-Democratic Thought organized by the Sussex Centre for the Individual and Society (SCIS) and held at the 2007 annual conference 'Workshops in Political Theory' in Manchester, England."

The book is fully searchable on Google Book Search:



- "Re-Introducing Anti-Democratic Thought" (Erich Kofmel, Social and Political Thought, University of Sussex)

- "Is Plato's Political Philosophy Anti-Democratic?" (Thom Brooks, Philosophy, University of Newcastle)

- "Reversing Plato's Anti-Democratism: Castoriadis' 'Quirky' Plato" (Wendy C. Hamblet, Philosophy, North Carolina A&T State University)

- "J.S. Mill's Elitism: A Classical Liberal's Response to the Rise of Democracy" (Andy Hamilton, Philosophy, Durham University)

- "The Rhetoric of False Appearances and True Essences: Anti-Democratic Thought in France at the Turn of the Twentieth Century" (Tuula Vaarakallio, Political Science, University of Jyväskylä)

- "Leo Tolstoy's Anarchist Denunciation of State Violence and Deception" (Alexandre J.M.E. Christoyannopoulos, Political Science, University of Kent)

- "'The Sovereign Disappears in the Voting Booth': Carl Schmitt and Martin Heidegger on Sovereignty and (Perhaps) Governmentality" (Thomas Crombez, Theatre Studies, University of Antwerp)

- "The Criticism of Democracy in Rabbi E.E.M. Shach's Thought" (Moshe Hellinger, Political Studies and Law, Bar-Ilan University)

- "State(ments) of Emergency: Anti-Democratic Narratives in Bangladesh" (Jalal Alamgir, Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Boston)

- "From Democracy to Accountability" (Pauline C. Westerman, Philosophy of Law, University of Groningen)

- "Fighting Capitalism and Democracy" (Erich Kofmel, Social and Political Thought, University of Sussex)

1 comment:

  1. I will try to read the book you mentioned above. The following are a few history in the making that disturb my thoughts about democracy. 1. Unresolved political situation in Thailand that resulted in frequent military action in it's southern area bordering with Malaysia. 2. The menace of Israel military activities against Palestine. 3. The American intervention in world affairs in their effort to put more dollar in their pocket. I remember someone who said that 'war is good business'. Maybe it's true.