Democracy  &  Nature, Vol. 3, No. 2


The Problem of Democracy Today

 Cornelius Castoriadis

Abstract This article rejects the thesis that democracy is Just a set of procedures and suggests instead that the democratic procedures cannot be maintained unless grounded on democracy as a regime of political self—re­flectiveness The proceduralist view of democracy is based on the meaningless idea of an individual existing outside or before society. But the individual cannot even exist outside society. Therefore, the democratic procedures themselves cannot be reproduced unless the demo­cratic institutions, which form democratic citizens, also exist.