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Julien Freund and the Essence of the Political, a “Mediationnist” Reading

Abstract : In his book The essence of the Political (1965), Julien Freund proposed a definition of the political, distinct from politics, articulated around three main relations : between command and obedience, between the private and the public, between the friend and the enemy. The first part of the article gives a brief presentation of Freund’s thesis. The second part discusses two particular points, from the point of view of Jean Gagnepain’s theory of mediation : government (or hegetic) and violence.
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Jean-Michel Le Bot. Julien Freund and the Essence of the Political, a “Mediationnist” Reading. Tétralogiques, 2015. ⟨halshs-02132479⟩



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