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Stasis Before the StateNine Theses on Agonistic Democracy$
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Dimitris Vardoulakis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823277391

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823277391.001.0001

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Preamble: The Ruse of Sovereignty or Agonistic Monism?

Preamble: The Ruse of Sovereignty or Agonistic Monism?

(p.1) Preamble: The Ruse of Sovereignty or Agonistic Monism?
Stasis Before the State

Dimitris Vardoulakis

Fordham University Press

There is a commonly held narrative about constitutional forms in the Western political and philosophical tradition. The story is schematically as follows: Initially Aristotle and other ancient philosophers, including, influentially, Polybius, propounded the theory of the three constitutional forms—monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy. This model assumes a revolution or circularity between the three forms....

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