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The will of the people: multitude or mob?

Professor Costas Douzinas and Sandra Field on The Philosopher’s Zone

‘Thomas Hobbes thought of the multitude as a mob and redemption possible only through a social contract, but the idea of the will of the many remains at the heart of direct democracy. In fact, at the very home of the demos in Athens, some have now gleaned what a future democracy might look like—in the shape of an incensed multitude. What exactly is the will of the people, and how might it be best expressed?’

 

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