On being - à voter: Derrida, democracy and the ontology of possibility

dc.contributor.advisorLampert, J.
dc.contributor.authorVernon, James Patrick
dc.date.accessioned2021-04-16T15:12:08Z
dc.date.available2021-04-16T15:12:08Z
dc.date.copyright1998
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Philosophyen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
dc.description.abstractThis text is an investigation of 'ontologies' of democracy--both ideal and actual--through a critical eye informed by the work of Jacques Derrida. It begins with an examination of the role of founding texts in democracy, particularly in its American manifestation. We then move through the 'originary' relationship between Government and Governed, the electoral process. Finally, the philosophical conception of the subject that underpins the current, limited expression of democracy is explored. All these 'ontologies' are demonstrated to betray our actual 'ontology', the origin of/in response. From this discovery, I defend a truly 'ontological' democracy--an ontology of the voter, of a subject of/in/as voting. This new subject, this ontological voter, is defended as ontological factual, ethically desirable and political viable and necessary.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10214/24843
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectontology of democracyen_US
dc.subjectJacques Derridaen_US
dc.subjectfounding textsen_US
dc.subjectAmericanen_US
dc.subjectgovernmenten_US
dc.subjectgoverneden_US
dc.subjectelectoral processen_US
dc.subjectphilosophical conceptionen_US
dc.titleOn being - à voter: Derrida, democracy and the ontology of possibilityen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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