We know a social diagnosis which refers to a deficit of popular sovereignty in our representative democracies. This diagnosis insists on a kind of “democracy without demos” as the major risk for our contemporary political experience. However, maybe we are faced with the problem which is more structural in kind: maybe there is not only an absence of the demos that we need to think about, but also the need to rethink the very notion of the force in politics. Which was, up till now, the force of the people in democracy? Could we say that the notion of the people was, until now, dependent on the concept of force structured upon a metaphysical concept of identity? And what should be the force that would develop itself beyond such a horizon?
Vladimir Safatle is Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Philosophy and the Institute of Psychology at the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. He has served as Visiting Professor at the Université de Paris VII, the Université de Paris VIII, Université de Toulouse, and the Université Catholique de Louvain, as fellow at Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies (STIAS, South Africa), and visiting scholar at University of California – Berkeley. He is one of the coordinators of the International Society of Psychoanalysis and Philosophy (ISPP). He is responsible for the translation of Adorno’s complete works in Portuguese. He is the author of Grand Hotel Abyss: Desire, Recognition and the Restoration of the Subject (Leuven University Press, 2016); Só mais um esforço (três estrelas, 2017), La Passion du négatif: Lacan et la dialectique (Georg Olms 2010); O circuito dos afetos: corpos políticos, desamparo e o fim do indivíduo (2016).